Porsche Design F0.8 Vintage Sunglasses – Full Set – Folding Flat – New Old Stock

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Porsche Design F0.8 Vintage Sunglasses – Full Set – Folding Flat – New Old Stock

Made in Austria in 1991

Frame and lenses are in perfect unworn new old stock condition.

The elusive F 0.8 is undoubtedly the rarest and most coveted piece from the legendary collaboration between Porsche Design and Carrera Optyl. In 1991, the golden era of Austrian and German eyewear was slowly coming to an end. As the Carrera Optyl empire started to crumble, the engineers put all their efforts into a folding Porsche Design model that was supposed to save the company. Building on the success of the previous folding models, the F 0.8 was meant to set a new standard in eyewear design and performance. A futuristic state-of-the-art frame that could be folded as flat as 0.8 centimeters, heralding a new era of esthetics and innovation.

Unfortunately, the downfall of Wilhelm Anger's Carrera Optyl company could not be prevented, and shortly after it was taken over by Italian eyewear multinational Safilo. Meanwhile, the Porsche Design licence became part of German manufacturer Rodenstock.

As for the F 0.8, it never made it into mass production and remained in the stage of prototype. Although it can be opened and closed with one single movement, it still seemed too over-engineered for the masses. And the friction caused by the sophisticated folding mechanism inevitably lead to small scratches on the inside of the lens, which could not be marketed to mainsteam audiences.

The F 0.8 remains truly revolutionary in its engineering and can last for decades if it is handled with the right knowledge. It is the only frame ever produced to feature a folding mechanism built on rails, turning a flat frame into one of the most beautiful shield frames within one single movement. The closed temples feature a magnetic locking mechanism to facilitate the procedure, and the included tutorial booklet offers easy instructions to opening and closing your frame. The key is to use both hands: One pulling on the closed temples, one on the nosebridge.

There never will be anything like the F 0.8 again. Let its legacy live on forever.

This full set includes:

- F 0.8 prototype folding sunglasses with blue mirrored shield lens. 100% UV protection.
- F 0.8 flat case
- F 0.8 box
- F 0.8 folding instruction booklet

Front width: 5.55 inches / 143 mm

Temple lenght: 135mm

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