In 1998, Oakley’s iconic leather sunglasses left their mark on ’90s pop culture and now, over twenty-five years later, the eyewear brand’s most revolutionary design finally returns to humanity.
The MUZM Mars
At the time, the release of Mars represented a monumental milestone for Oakley and instantly made it part of the cultural zeitgeist.
Producing the MUZM Mars X-Metal Leather was not an easy task. In fact, it took a six-ton generator with 425,000 watts of power to push five-axis machining that maintained an accuracy of 0.0005 inches in order to create the X-Metal alien frame.
Through a complex process and radical design technology, Mars was produced for six short years, but its everlasting legacy endures today.
“Bringing together science and art around a single concept is how we first landed on MARS,” said Brian Takumi, Oakley vice president of Brand Soul and Creative. “As the ’90s progressed, the play marked a cultural moment, appearing on the big screen for basketball players.”
“Its futuristic design was ahead of its time, defying the era in which it was introduced. With our 50th anniversary looming in 2025, bringing it back from our archives and our DNA, MARS is just one of the portals set to expand the Oakleyverse.
Using the same cutting-edge technology that produces complex metal parts for rocket engines, the MARS X-Metal Leather is built with a direct metal laser sintering process where high-power lasers melt complex X-Metal powder.
The level of technical and artistic skill necessary to create such a mad scientist masterpiece comes from countless days spent meticulously planning and applying only the highest quality of craftsmanship to each frame.
MARS X-Metal Leather, which will be officially released on November 14, is and always has been a true alien in the eyewear world. Its identifiable iconic beauty sees no need for overt branding because, well, Oakley lets the sunglasses themselves do the talking – and rightly so!
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