Tom Ford sells $3,000 glasses made of gold and water buffalo horn (but you still have to shell out for the prescription lenses)
19:30 GMT, 9 March 2012
Tom Ford has released his most luxurious eyewear collection yet.
The Fifties-style frames, which cost $2,950, are made from water buffalo horn and gold-plated metal and include designs for both men and women.
The high-end designer, beloved for his chic sophistication and a favourite of Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow and Colin Firth, is aiming high with the eye-wateringly expensive creations – and customers will need to pay extra for their prescription lenses.
Specs appeal: The luxurious eyewear is crafted to look 'gently retro' and inspired by the Fifities. The female version (pictured) is an oval shape
The men's frame is a square shape with
white gold-plated metal and natural horn, or yellow gold-plated metal
with black striped horn.
The ladies' frames are more oval in shape and come in an option of natural or white and grey striped horn.
In a press release reported by Fashionista, the high-end company says: 'Inspired by the elegance of 1950s eyewear…these gentle retro-influenced frames represent the highest levels of design and fabrication in eyewear.'
Exquisite eyewear: For the dapper chap, these square-shaped glasses come in a choice of black horn or natural, with gold-plating on the frames
We should hope so too, given a regular pair of the former Gucci creative director's glasses cost around $400.
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But so you can be sure everyone knows you got your
money's worth, the frames come in a special Bakelite presentation box
with a certificate of authenticity.
And you can keep your precious eyewear smudge-free with a customised horn cleansing cream and a chamois leather.
The cost doesn't include, however, the prescription lenses – or a personal valet to remind you not to leave them where the dog can chew them.
The eyewear collection is available in select stores from April.