It’s the 50th anniversary of the Davidoff brand, and the company continues to roll out impressive items in celebration, including the latest Masterpiece Humidor, entitled “Elements” which has been created by Danish artist Hanne Enemark.
For the humidor, Enemark created a “trinity of designs” that was inspired by the organic aspect of Davidoff’s cigar crafting. According to a statement from the company, her imagination was sparked by the way the stems of the leaves are removed, dividing the wrapper leaves in two. This inspiration is reflected in the crack that winds along the glass surface of the humidor. While it may look like an accident, it is the result of a precise technique employed by the artist, who then applied gold as a nod to the element of luxury, a touch that she said “highlights the beauty of imperfection.”
The humidor also features a round cigar fingerprint, which is called the autograph of the very first cigar that Hanne enjoyed, which she smoked at Davidoff’s flagship store in Geneva, Switzerland. It is captured, preserved and rendered in 24-karat gold relief on the glass artwork as well as gold plated brass pieces inlayed in the walnut wood of the humidor. She noted that it was her fascination with how cigars are rolled by hand that led her to reflect on this aspect of the enjoyment of cigars in her artwork.
It is this fingerprint that the artist and company call “the bridge between the elements,” which are glass and wood. Enemark layered the glass and wood to create the architecture of the humidor, which is designed to mirror the layers of a cigar, with the natural elements that bond together creating visual layers in the same way a cigar delivers layers of experience.
“Building on Davidoff’s pioneering spirit, this Masterpiece ‘Elements’ breaks humidor design codes with its sleek architecture, and unprecedented construction,” said Edward Simon, head of global marketing and innovation at Oettinger Davidoff AG, via a press release. “The challenge was to find an artist who was able to complement the impactful/unique humidor design without overpowering it and Hanne Enemark rose to the task with her artistry. It is an outstanding achievement to see how her creative work highlights our craftsmanship,” he added.
It is a truly limited piece, with just five individually numbered humidors being created and made available through Davidoff of Geneva — since 1911 retail locations or the online shopping site.
There is also something special awaiting inside the humidor as well, at least for those customers not residing in the United States. For those lucky buyers, the humidor will also come with 50 of the Davidoff Double Corona 50 Years Edition, a 7 1/2 x 50 vitola that uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, Dominican olor seco binder, and a filler of piloto seco, San Vicente ligero, piloto ligero, hybrid corojo/olor ligero and San Vicente visus, all from the Dominican Republic.
Unfortunately for those residing in the U.S., because that vitola was never released, it can not be included per FDA regulations. According to a representative from Davidoff, only one of the five humidors is currently slated for sale in the U.S., with a price of $30,000. It is expected to go on display at the company’s Madison Ave. location in New York City in September.
Pricing for the humidor with the cigars was not disclosed.
Enemark is an internationally renowned Danish glass artist who based in London. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in London where she is regularly a guest lecturer, and has had her work featured in magazines including Elle Decoration, Wallpaper magazine and Financial Times. She has also had her creations exhibited internationally and can be found in private collections in Denmark, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Monaco and the United States.
Davidoff has previously worked with French glass artist Rose Saneuil to create a series of Masterpiece humidors paying tribute to Damajagua as well as Paris-based artist Lison de Caunes, who is known for her work in straw marquetry.
All images used with permission, © Oettinger Davidoff AG 2018.