The Art of Making götti Eyewear
Eyewear design depends on every detail. It‘s about exploring the numerous factors that impact daily use – like stability, comfort, functionality and suitability. The smallest of changes, even if it‘s only one-tenth of a millimeter, can make the largest of differences, especially when it comes to harmoniously fitting the form of the eyewear to the contours of the face. For everything in a new götti collection to be just right, the ideas and specifications that go into the production of the individual eyeglasses have to be executed at the highest level.
Transforming a rough diamond into a glittering gem – that‘s how creating acetate eyewear could be described.
As with every pair of götti eyewear, the design of an acetate frame begins in the small town of Wädenswil outside Zurich. Prototypes are developed using hand sketches and computer-aided drawings and then refined and perfected by hand in the design studio. What‘s most important here are excellent filing skills and well-trained eyes and hands.
Color palette and raw materials are decisive factors in making acetate frames. Since only the best materials are good enough, the acetate plates are produced in Italy exclusively for the götti collection. The manufacturing process continues in Germany and Austria, where traditional craftsmanship meets state-of-the-art technology. A high-precision computerized cutting machine completes the first step, but the polishing drum is what gives the acetate its characteristic gloss. Polishing alone can take as long as ten days. But the „touch and feel“ would not be the same without the labor-intensive finish. In fact: every single acetate frame from götti is fine-polished by hand, ensuring perfection down to the last detail.
From cool, understated metal to pure power. Titanium is one the most demanding materials used for making eyewear. Our metal frames are crafted out of the purest titanium available. The entire production process, from the initial prototype to the final coating, takes place in Japan at one of the most renowned manufactories for high-end eyewear. When it comes to titanium, technology and know-how are everything. The basic form is milled from a 3.5-millimeter-thick titanium plate. Various pressing tools then mold the titanium into its ultimate shape, using as much as 200 to 300 tons of pressure to compact the material and give the frames the necessary stability.
Several pressing and stamping tools are made especially for the production of each model. Parts of the frame that require more rigidness are subjected to greater compression than those that need more flexibility. This also enables the manufacturing of extremely small and delicate parts without sacrificing stability. Before leaving production in Japan, each pair of götti eyeglasses goes through some 200 to 250 individual steps, most of which are performed by hand.