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Minimalism is an important fundamental principle of design. Not a dictate of fashion, but the absolute timeless consciousness of what seems essential to us. The secret of minimalistic design and the unsurpassed wearing comfort of Silhouette eyewear lies, among other things, in the SPX®+ polymer composite, whose ground-breaking potential revolutionized the lightness of Silhouette’s eyewear design. The secret behind SPX®+? S stands for Silhouette, P for polyamide, X for the design-related choice of materials.
The vision: eyewear made of SPX®+ that can be combined with other high-quality materials such as high-tech titanium – formal, puristic, slim, flowing and dynamic, with no sharp edges, a soft feel and super-flexible temples, with no screws, no hinges. With passion, patience, perfection and the specially developed polymer composite SPX®+, this vision became reality.
“SPX®+ is the result of many years of experience. We analyze every millimeter of the eyewear and recognize the different material requirements that we can fulfill exactly by injection molding with up to eight polymer composites: lightness, feel, precise detail, flexibility and strength – something different at each point.” The materials and components of a Silhouette are geared to each other. The nose bridge and the side parts must have the necessary stability. For optimal fit and maximum wearing comfort, the temples are merged from more durable material on the temple edge to a more flexible in the adjustment area. “Overall, SPX®+ makes the greatest functionality possible that lies behind minimalistic eyewear,” explains Rupert Spindelbalker, head of the Research and Development at Silhouette.
The power of innovation
During Silhouette’s history of almost 50 years, the individual wishes and needs of people who wear spectacles have been at the core of its thinking and creating. A Silhouette is a masterpiece of minimalism, the epitome of tangible lightness and utmost wearing comfort. To make this vision become reality, Silhouette began the search in the 1980s for a material that made the promise of the brand palpable and visible in an incomparable way. The choice went to special polyamides – highly complex thermoplastics, that together with suppliers was developed into SPX®+ , the most innovative eyewear plastic to date.
In 1983, Silhouette began producing eyewear made of this high-tech plastic with the innovative injection molding technique. The advantage was and is obvious: hardly any other material, hardly any other technique, had such great potential for possibilities and outstanding properties with regard to formal as well as colour design, functionality and wearing comfort. The wish for improved functionality and unlimited design possibilities moved the Research and Development team to continuously optimize and search for new material compounds. Today up to eight different polymer composites are used in the various eyewear components; they are synonymous for SPX®+ and for the incomparable design and wearing comfort of a true Silhouette.
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