Imagine wearing a piece of the universe on your face, shining as beautifully as the constellations above. That’s the essence of Ptolemy48 eyewear, named after the 48 constellations cataloged by the renowned astronomer Claudius Ptolemy (yes, the very same person who named the horoscope). Ptolemy48 draws inspiration from the celestial wonders and seeks to embody their brilliance in every frame.

The birth of Ptolemy48 dates back to 1998 when designer Kazuhiko Hori met four skilled craftsmen. Together, they embarked on a mission to create eyewear that captures the essence of the constellations. Combining boldness, passion, and elegance, Ptolemy48 emerged as a pioneer, introducing a fresh and innovative style to frame design.

At the dawn of the 21st century, Ptolemy48 revolutionized frame design by developing a three-dimensional concept. This breakthrough challenged conventional norms and brought forth a new era of eyewear aesthetics. By blending cutting-edge technology with unique designs, Ptolemy48 stands as a testament to the marriage of skill and creativity.

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, Ptolemy48 eyewear proudly carries the “Made in Japan” label. The frames are meticulously crafted in Sabae, Fukui Prefecture, where the world’s highest level of optician craftsmanship is honed. Not only do these frames exude style, but they also prioritize functionality, ensuring both comfort and optimal optical performance.

Over the years, Ptolemy48 has garnered numerous accolades, including the prestigious Eyewear of the Year award, Good Design award, and the Japan Glasses Award IOFT 30th Anniversary Special Award. These recognitions are a testament to the brand’s commitment to excellence and innovation.

Let’s take a closer look at the latest collection from Ptolemy48: the EMPEROR series. This collection showcases bold and individualistic designs that make a striking statement. For instance, the E078 piece features a wellington brow frame design, offering a unique and stylish aesthetic. The temples of this frame are designed with flexibility in mind, incorporating triple hinges for a comfortable wearing experience.

A distinguishing feature of Ptolemy48 eyewear is the use of traditional Japanese metal carving techniques. In the EMPEROR series, the core metal of the temple showcases the intricate artistry of “kebori 毛彫 carving,” one of the oldest and most revered metal carving techniques. The fine lines and attention to detail in this carving technique add a touch of sophistication and cultural heritage to each frame.


In Singapore, Eye Theory is the exclusive retailer of Ptolemy48 eyewear. The Ptolemy48 collection can be found at all Eye Theory outlets. Schedule an appointment with Eye Theory today to explore the Ptolemy48 collection, and experience these celestial-inspired frames firsthand.