Thursday, 28 January 2010

Spec waver

What do you expect from a pair of glasses? As well as looking the part, I consider eyewear as a little miracle of engineering for your face. All that craftsmanship, the hand-built aspect.

Well I don't know what hands built the glasses that just arrived through the post, but they could do with being co-ordinated by someone wearing a pair of specs themselves.

Look at that hinge area. There, where there's a little step in the line, that's not supposed to be there. It's supposed to be straight, like you can't see the join.

I suppose that's what you get when you shop for your glasses at a cut price online website called Offices in every country, a customer service line that keeps Hong Kong hours, I should have known.

I waited two months for these to turn up. Out of stock to begin with, then in quality control. They could do with a magnifying glass in there, too.

And by the time they arrive I'm so desperate that there's no way I'm sending them back.

On the plus side, after lengthy discussions with my opticians and a call to Persol themselves, it turns out these are definitely genuine. A point I spent a sleepless night mulling over.

This is just the way they are, Maybe they are supposed to be like this. Or maybe Persol should invest in a few robots to put them together.

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