Upfront

Dec
2009

Meet the Elite

Oakley debuted its Elite Collection, the ultimate in premium products including three new sunglasses, a wristwatch and military boot all crafted from high-end materials and available only in limited quantities. The pinnacle of the line, the C SIX, utilizes pure carbon fiber, a material thinner than human hair yet stronger than high-tensile steel. The carbon fiber, an innovation from the aerospace industry, is assembled into structures more than 40 layers thick. Retailing for $4,000, five-axis Computer Numeric Controlled machining carves and shapes the composite, which requires more than 24 hours of continuous milling using probe telemetry with micro-precision. High tech and high style; It doesn’t get more elite than that.  
 —Jackie Micucci

 

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