At a glance, this pair of shades looks a tad like Persol’s ‘Reflex Edition’, advanced to appeal to a new generation of consumers who have a weakness for retro eyewear. They are, in fact, a Ray-Ban conception: the RB4256. What caught our eyes is not the vintage look, but the two bridges, a design detail in eyewear that has been ubiquitous in Italy for some time now. This version has a slightly curved upper bridge that works extremely well with the rounder Asian face, and, especially, brows that are not linear or shaped to look like those of Hong Kong actors playing the pugilists of Qing-dynasty China. The gold tint of the hardware, too, gives it a touch of modern luxury.
The double-bridge frame is not new to Ray-Ban as its classic aviators (including the Aviator Light II that we love) sport the two parallel bars above the nose. What makes the RB 4526—a shape inspired the Gatsby series—unique is the vaguely N-shaped lower bridge that recalls 19th-century pinc-nez. As counterpoint to what may be a very classical detail, the lenses of this matte tortoise shell pair are covered by mirror coating of a rather vibrant blue: exactly the shade to draw attention and yet deflect the satisfaction shining through delighted eyes.
Ray-Ban RB4256 blue mirror sunglasses for men and women, SGD235, is available at authorised dealers nationwide. Photo: Jim Sim