VICTREX PEEK selected for innovative eyewear hinge
Tokyo, Japan - Victrex Polymer Solutions announced that
VICTREX® PEEK has been specified by Boston Club, the
premier luxury eyewear manufacturer in Japan, as the
material of choice for its new JAPONISM PROJECTION series
of glasses. The material selection for this series required
high performance strength, wear resistance and ductility
due to the unique screw-less hinge design that would face
the flexibility and temperature variations of daily use by
discerning consumers. VICTREX® PEEK, a high performance
thermoplastic often used in critical aerospace, automotive
and medical device applications, was the ideal material to
meet these expectations.
Boston Club's revolutionary design is exclusive to their
new JAPONISM PROJECTION series launched earlier this month
in Asia. The challenge was to create a high quality product
that consumers could use continuously and effortlessly
without the maintenance associated with traditional hinges
that use tiny screws to keep them assembled. This
innovation is now the world's first "Rudder Hinge"
mechanism in eyewear; inspired by the design of aircraft
rudders that operate as a seamless joint to avoid the
aggravation of bent and disconnected frames.
The Rudder Hinge had to display extreme durability against
wear damage. When running a continuous open and close test
of the hinge, most eyeglasses on the market today exhibit
signs of immediate wear damage after 1,000 to 5,000 cycles,
whereas the Rudder Hinge, made with VICTREX PEEK, showed no
sign of wear damage even after 20,000 cycles.
Hironobu Kasashima, chief designer of the JAPONISM
PROJECTION eyeglasses stated, "The JAPONISM brand was
developed to differentiate top quality eyeglasses embodying
excellence using Japanese technology. Our goal was to
create glasses that will be treasured by consumers because
of their high durability - the very opposite of
mass-produced generic eyewear that is more of a consumable
item in many instances." The Rudder Hinge of the JAPONISM
PROJECTION combines the best technology and highest
performing material. The brilliant mind of eyewear
craftsmen plus the skills of one of Japan's top pipe
processing companies worked together in testing and
ultimately selecting high performance VICTREX PEEK polymer
for the hinge as this material has proven its performance
in many demanding industries
across the globe.
About Boston Club
Established in 1984, Boston Club is an eyewear manufacturer
based in Sabae City, Fukui Prefecture, Japan. The company's
philosophy: "Creating unique eyeglasses culture through
connections with people." Boston Club is engaged in the
design, planning, and manufacture of eyeglass frames for
their original brands as well as other popular brands.
Boston Club has distribution channels through both
retailers and its own boutique GLOSS in Minami-Aoyama and
Ginza, Tokyo. Boston Club's original brand includes
JAPONISM, BCPC, MUGUET, and GLOSS-EYES.
For more details about Boston Club and its eyeglasses,
please visit http://www.bostonclub.co.jp/index.php.