Davidoff’s collection of high-end humidors designed in collaboration with renowned artists will be getting another addition.
This time the Swiss company has partnered the French artist Rose Saneuil to create a series of humidors paying tribute to Damajagua, a region in the northwest Dominican Republic. Davidoff has been growing tobacco there in 2002 and says the area is noted for its PH-balanced soil and pure forest water. Because of a reduced amount of sunlight, the leaves tend to be very thin.
Saneuil was inspired by forest and rivers of Damajagua. The bird show is meant as vermilion, protecting over the Caribbean forest. There were 25 different materials used for the humidor including sycamore, pear (wood), walnut, straw, parchment, shagreen, lamb leather and tobacco, the latter of which came from Damajagua and is the first time Saneuil has used it in her work. A total of 318 pieces were used to create the humidors.
Inside the humidor is made of okoumé, an odorless African wood. The unit, which measures 21 5/8 x 14 x 7 is designed to hold 190-250 cigars and comes with three Davidoff de Luxe regulators (humidifiers).
A total of 20 humidors will be made, the first of which will be auctioned off at Procigar later this month. That humidor, marked 1/20, will come with 50 Davidoff Damajagua cigars. It’s a 6 x 52 toro that uses an Ecuadorian wrapper, a Dominican San Vicente mejorado binder and five visos as fillers: Condega and Estelí from Nicaraguan and piloto, piloto mejorado and San Vicente mejorado—all from the Dominican Republic.
The company says that 30 percent of the tobacco used for the cigar came from Damajagua.
The starting bid has been set at $25,000 and proceeds from the auction will benefit three charities: Voluntariado de Jesús con los Niños, the Hospicio San Vicente de Paul and the Monumento a los Heroes de la Restauración.
Davidoff will begin shipping the remaining humidors in April.
Saneuil studied at École Boulle in France where she settled on marquetry, a form of decoration that involves using small pieces of wood and other materials to decorate furniture.