As a jewller of eyewear, Cartier applies the same procedures as with its jewellery pieces. Its craftsman-like approach places the material at the heart of the creative process.
What we specifically admire about the Buffalo Horn material, which is a rather exclusive feature seen in Cartier's eye-wear collection, the buffalo horn not only adds an unparalleled uniqueness to the frame but it also enhances the overall style.
The buffalo horn is only removed from domestic animals, according to the international convention on protected species. It can measure up to a meter but only a very small part of the horn meets Cartier’s criteria in terms of quality and aesthetics. The construction of thin strips layered crosswise ensures quality, resistance to warping and the stability of each frame. Cartier horn frames are not varnished so that they can be re-polished over time.
Now, the buffalo horn has more usage than simply serving as eye elegance. This is an ultra-light material, the lightest of all the materials that can be used in sunglass and optical frames, which makes it such a rarity. This light-weight is essential in preventing the bulky and cumbersome feeling on your face. These airy frames leave your nose feeling weight-free while still offering the protective lens coating that you desire.
No other frame material has the warmth and feel of buffalo horn. The exotic look and feel of horn is what many frame designers try to achieve with acetate. The Buffalo Horn's distinctive designs are for men and women looking for contemporary eyewear that is refined, striking and unique. It's one of the finest materials in eyewear and the craftsmanship is impeccable.
Brushed with a champange golden finish, these Santos de Cartier are made with genuine buffalo horn.Simple and stylish, these aviators have a contemporary design paying tribute to aviator Santos- Dumon. The famous screws adorned on the temples are borrowed from the iconic Santos watch.
What we also found an extremely beautiful was the smooth brown leather nose accompanied with a brown polarized lens. Given the width of the lens, it works efficiently in protecting from the harmful UV rays. The soft brown makes it an attractive evening accessory as well.
In 2002, the C Décor is re-interpreted in a finer version. Slim, elongated, taut, the C Décor makes possible the subtle, sober structure of these frames, the result of painstaking diamond machining and polishing. Extending to sunglasses and prescription models, the C Décor gives this eyewear a true signature and transforms it into a unique and precious object. A marriage of contrast – straight lines and curves, smooth and sharp – the C Décor is the perfect illustration of how Cartier uses time honored expertise in the most modern way.