Photography BERT SPANGEMACHER
Text CHRISTINE LUZANO
Set Design PAUL BONCOEUR
STRAIGHT OUT OF COBLENS.
No other metal impresses quite like titanium. Remarkably strong, yet unbelievably light, flexible, and hypoallergenic to boot, titanium embodies tradition and technology. And for contemporary German eyewear manufacturer COBLENS, titanium – quite simply – is “The One.”
Coblens uses titanium exclusively when designing their hand-made metal frames. And just like titanium, there’s nothing quite like a Coblens original. All components and raw materials are produced according to founders Ralf Schmidt and Nils Kaesemann’s designs and exacting standards. Different alloys are custom-matched for specific components like eye wires, hinges, temples, and nose pads. Lacquer paint is never used: durable PVD coating transforms the frame into different tints of metal. This also adds an extra layer of protection – think titanium on top of titanium – and what results is a lasting mechanical masterpiece.
One of the latest Coblens campaigns, aptly titled “Zentralflughafen,” is as original as the collection. Part vintage, part state-of-the-art, we see a contemporary re-imagining of the Harry Palmer British spy series, which originally starred Michael Cain. The narrative unfolds when a secret agent drops sunglasses throughout Berlin Central Airport with messages for Western agents inscribed on the temples. A cheeky nod, perhaps, as sunglasses are a fashion staple of every spy!