Swiss premium cigar company Oettinger Davidoff has unveiled the limited-edition Masterpiece Humidor Series I, designed by renowned French marquetry artist Rose Saneuil. It will be available through select markets in September 2020, with a second series to be launched in November.
Each humidor offers 50 Davidoff Masterpiece Series I cigars, exclusively blended by a Davidoff Master Blender. The cigars offer spicy notes of leather and wood, well-aged Dominican filler tobaccos, accented with hints of toffee and retro-hale. The blend of the Ecuadorian wrapper and binder offers creamy black coffee notes tinged with prune in the second third. The last third offers a much creamier aroma, with notes of wood, spice and cacao.
The design of the Masterpiece Humidor Series I was inspired by different dimensions of time: time as the ultimate luxury, the limitation of time, and time standing still. Saneuil interpreted the first aspect through an image of a sunset; the second through evaporating smoke, and the third by using vintage tobacco leaves harvested in 1994.
Saneuil used luxury materials such as gold leaves, tobacco leaves, mother-of-pearl, parchment, walnut, sycamore, and wenge wood to decorate the Masterpiece humidor, which was crafted from grey-tinted pear wood.
The Masterpiece Humidor Series II will launch in November. It will feature a combination of darker tobacco colours complemented with shimmering golden hues.
Oettinger Davidoff Chief Marketing Officer Edward Simon said the collaboration celebrates the brand’s heritage of craftsmanship and creativity. He said: “Collaborating with artisans and artists mastering unique skills is not only a cornerstone in our innovation strategy but always a possibility for us at Davidoff to learn, get inspired and expand our creative horizons.”
“Working with Rose, observing her creative approach and ability to translate into materials and techniques with a level of detail and dedication second to none, was a true privilege,” added Simon. “These two Masterpiece humidors along with the exclusive cigars surely are valuable collectors’ items.”