“Few have the humility to look to the past and study what has already been done, but there isn’t modernity without knowledge and creativity without tradition.”
TAVAT is making aviation history by meeting the exact demands of pilots and offering them frames which fit under almost any conditions comfortably and “State of the Art” lenses which not only enhance visibility but really protect the retina from damaging blue light.
TAVAT combines simplicity with functionality. The design challenge was to recall with nostalgia, the past triumphs in eyewear that have withstood the test of time and to incorporate them with today’s technological advances, for a modern and iconic look and feel.
The signature bayonet temples give an original touch to the classic style of the Airman frames. They are manufactured with medical stainless steel and slide comfortably under a helmet and/or headphones for a perfect fit allowing ideal comfort for long hauls.
For its Airman collection, TAVAT has engineered and developed the Ex-Cam hinge which is featured throughout the performance eyewear line for a cohesive look and which guarantees a high-tech mechanical precision. From opening to closing, there is a fluid motion, accompanied by a burst of energy that gives the whole a feeling of precision and quality. Thanks to this innovation, TAVAT was nominated for the Silmo d'Or award in Paris, on October 2010.
At high altitudes pilots are exposed to immense amounts of blue light which is not blocked by the windshield nor by the atmosphere and so causes serious harm to the retina and ages the skin around the eyes. Glare is frequently caused by blue-light scatter and an effective blue-light filter can reduce visible haze as well as protect the retina.
TAVAT has chosen sun lenses which contain manufactured Melanin, that acts just like a shield – blocking 100% of the harmful Ultraviolet (UV) and up to 97% of the dangerous High Energy Visible (HEV) or “violet-blue light” while protecting and preserving the retina's health. Furthermore, lenses that filter a majority of blue light enhance contrast and allow sharp vision of details.
Light reflected from flat surfaces such as water, snow or asphalt in the road, generally is horizontally polarized. This means that, instead of light being scattered in all directions in more usual ways, reflected light generally travels in a more horizontally oriented direction. This creates an annoying and sometimes dangerous intensity of light that we experience as “glare" and can cause temporary blindness, disorientation and headaches. TAVAT’s Airman collection uses polarized lenses, which contain a special filter that blocks this type of intense reflected light, thereby reducing glare.
By wearing Polarized lenses, we eliminate most reflected light resulting in glare reduction, contrast enhancement, clarity of vision, and reduced eyestrain. By combining the benefits of Melanin with those of polarization we simply multiply the beneficial effect of both, allowing for a crisp and clear viewing experience associated with a deep protection against sun-light damage.
TAVAT is a design-driven optical company dedicated to working exclusively with the independent opticians worldwide who exemplify excellence in eye-care and eyewear. It is a young company (launched in 2010) which is built on the guiding principles of independence, impeccable quality and designs that withstand the test of time.
TAVAT’s creative heart is set in the hills of Pasadena, California, while their skilled optical craftsmen create in the foothills of the Dolomites in Northern Italy. TAVAT believes there is only one way to create a true masterpiece – by hand. Every frame is made with pride and care by master craftsmen.
DESIGNED AND ENGINEERED IN CALIFORNIA, HANDCRAFTED IN ITALY.
Since every pilot, from student to professional, is in need of high quality sunglasses which fit their specific personal needs, we do not sell sunglasses directly via the Flyinsite webshop. We can happily direct you to Vision Company, the Belgian distributor of TAVAT Eyewear, who can connect you to one of the 135 resellers in Belgium:
Vision Company BVBA
Jules Destreelaan 62/003
Tel.: +32 (0)9/232.37.20