Gautschi Optik was founded in Lausanne in 1878 by Emile Gautschi. Back then, hand-made craftsmanship was commonplace in the making of glasses, but these days it has become less and less common. One of the few exceptions are horn-rimmed glasses, which require many hours of painstaking work to fashion them from the highest quality horn of a water buffalo.
Choose from a wide range of glasses. Feel and sense the comfort of unique horn-rimmed glasses. On request, we can also make special items, made-to-measure.
Over the years, we have made a name for ourselves in Zurich with our high-quality horn-rimmed glasses. You can find a superb assortment of designs at our shop.
Buffalo horn is a material with particularly attractive properties. It is light, lends the wearer a subtle elegance and is the most skin-friendly material used in the making of glasses.
Any adjustment can be made in terms of size and shape.
You will find a fine selection of wonderful horn-rimmed glasses in our range.
Something that at first seemed as unattainable as the constellation it was named for is ultimately the driving force for MONOCEROS: the natural horn is bent, not cut, with specially developed technology to create the unique bend around the front of the frame.
MONOCEROS - a new dimension of horn glasses.
This eyewear is crafted from one of the oldest materials used to make eyewear. New approaches and innovations allow to create a frame from a single piece of buffalo horn. This ensures that the fiber, color and structure of the horn are consistent throughout the whole frame. By using a wooden hinge, we can keep our frames completely free of metal and plastic. The patented glazing system, which is ideal for horn frames, is an additional highlight.
The exquisite lines and fine, highly quality buffalo horn make every MONOCEROS frame a stunning piece.
The model Gemini reveals a completely novel and astonishing possibility to combine noble
buffalo horn with a balanced, unique design. This angular and very thin frame appeals
modest and elegant, at the same time conveys understatement and a certain lightness.
The driving factor behind the development of this new manufacturing method was the need to process the natural, non-sticky and non-laminated horn into a frame of a certain
The MONOCEROS is made from a single piece of horn. This guarantees a harmonious and
consistent color and pattern direction over the entire version. The horn of the glasses front is
bent by almost 90° around the front end piece. This already makes the MONOCEROS a sensation.
ROLF Wooden Glasses come from the beautiful Tyrol and are 100% wood. With their passion for natural materials, durability and aesthetics, the young team has created the perfect pair of glasses. The in-house research and development department explains their superb experience in manufacturing with wood, natural horn and stone.
Arte & Gifre
Glasses have long since made the leap from utility object to ‘objet d’art’ and their finest expression is to be found in the horn-rimmed design. My motivation is therefore to produce glasses which not only help you to see better but which are, themselves, worth
I pay great attention to professional workmanship and a pristine finish which is what gives the horn-rimmed glasses their elegant sheen.
The manufacturing of high-quality horn-rimmed glasses is dependent upon expertise acquired over many years and represents a combination of traditional master craftmanship skills, creativity and modern technology.