SIR Winton Churchill, Emperor Qianlong of China, James Bond creator Ian Fleming, Lord Kitchener are all perhaps an unlikely gathering, but they had one thing in common – a love of the very finest eyewear.

C.W. Dixey & Son of London, established at New Bond Street in 1777, and makers of fine eyewear to more emperors, royalty and leaders than any other, has just released a new collection which pays homage to loyal customer Sir Winston Churchill.

This is now available from Clare & Illingworth Opticians in King St, Knutsford.

The Chartwell collection of elegantly crafted light and dark tortoiseshell, plus glossy black, draws inspiration from the iconic styles worn by the British Prime Minister for more than five decades.

All models, including half eyes and keyhole nose models, are priced from £380. For more information call Clare & Illingworth on 01565 632066.