Dérapage –with an acute é- is a French term mainly used in car racing (though also in skiing). It describes a rapid way of negotiating a bend for a racing car or motorbike – calling for a mixture of driver panache and maximum reliance on machine performance.

    Some skilfully coordinated manoeuvres are required:

  • Power transmission, via the accelerator, initiating a controlled drift; this presupposes vehicle power.
  • Swerve, a firm flick of the wheel/handlebars.
  • Braking, using the front brake without locking the wheel(s), which reduces the grip of the back wheel(s) and causes dérapage.
  • A quick change-down as one brakes.

A daring operation even for an expert. Like the Derapage of eyewear: “The look is for those who dare”.

There are umpteen ways, materials, techniques of making a pair of glasses.

One has but to choose. DERAPAGE has always entailed a choice, an ambitious one, the same today as twenty five years ago: to create hi-tech eyewear to an exclusive design. A slice of future glimpsed at a preview.

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