IPCPR 2018: Davidoff of Geneva USA

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The Davidoff brand is celebrating its 50th anniversary of making cigars this year. It’s one of a host of companies honoring an anniversary and that is certainly the focus. That said, this was certainly a trade show of change for the company. This is Oettinger Davidoff AG’s first trade show since the company underwent major changes. On a more practical level, Davidoff of Geneva USA has a new booth this year.

No booth shrunk as much as Davidoff’s this past year—shedding 1,000-square-feet—though I think it was fairly well-received. I don’t think this booth is better than the one from previous years, though Davidoff does a good job of decorating that somewhat distracts from the changes. Of note, Davidoff was hosting pairing seminars in the booth this year, something that isn’t a regular occurrence.

Davidoff Diademas Finas Limited Edition 50th Anniversary

The Davidoff Diademas FInas Limited Edition 50th Anniversary is now shipping to stores. It’s a good cigar, an early candidate in the 2019 halfwheel packaging awards and already sold out at the wholesale level.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic (Olor Seco)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic (2005 Vintage)

 

  • Davidoff Diademas Finas Limited Edition 50th Anniversary (6 3/4 x 50) — $36 (Jars of 10, $380)

Production: 8,000 Jars of 10 Cigars (80,000 Total Cigars)

Launch Date: July 2018

Davidoff 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Humidor

Not sold out is the Davidoff 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Humidor. The company only brought one of the four designs to this year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show. For one, it’s big; secondly, it’s $15,000. Do you want a Kia or a humidor?

MSRP: $15,000

Production: Limited

Launch Date: 2018

Davidoff 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Lighter

I forgot to take a picture of this. More importantly, we are giving one away. I actually think at $1,050 it’s a pretty good value as it’s an S.T.Dupont LIgne 2 underneath.

MSRP: $1,050

Production: n/a

Launch Date: 2018

Davidoff 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Ashtray

I still couldn’t get anyone to tell me pricing on this, though I imagine it’s going to be expensive. While it certainly looks functional, I really could not imagine using this as an ashtray.

MSRP: n/a

Production: 50 Units

Launch Date: 2018

Back2Back Connecticut

The Big Payback blend is back. Davidoff of Geneva USA’s popular big ring gauge, low price line now returns as the not-so-subtly named Back2Back. It gets artwork and promotion via UR New York, who has partnered with the company for Zino Platinum releases in the past and serve as the Zino Platinum brand ambassador. Of note, the cigars are offered in both boxes, as well as bundles of 10.

  • Wrapper: Connecticut
  • Binder: Mexico
  • Filler: Dominican Republic

 

  • Back2Back Connecticut (5 x 50) — $6.49 (Boxes of 50, $324.50)
  • Back2Back Connecticut (6 x 60) — $7.49 (Boxes of 50, $374.50)
  • Back2Back Connecticut (7 x 70) — $8.49 (Boxes of 30, $254.70)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: October 2018

Back2Back Nicaragua

And here’s part two.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua

 

  • Back2Back Nicaragua (5 x 50) — $6.49 (Boxes of 50, $324.50)
  • Back2Back Nicaragua (6 x 60) — $7.49 (Boxes of 50, $374.50)
  • Back2Back Nicaragua (7 x 70) — $8.49 (Boxes of 30, $254.70)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: October 2018

Camacho Diploma Special Selection 11/18

Camacho’s Diploma now returns in the iconic 11/18 format. While the packaging isn’t as outrageous as last year, it’s still pretty noticeable. The box actually looks like a super-sized version of the old school Camacho boxes. Good news for Brooks: the boxes are matte this year.

  • Wrapper: Honduras (Corojo)
  • Binder: Honduras (Corojo)
  • Filler: Honduras (Corojo)

 

  • Camacho Diploma Special Selection 11/18 (6 x 48/54/48) — $22.50 (Boxes of 18, $405)

Production: 1,500 Boxes of 18 Cigars (27,000 Total Cigars)

Launch Date: Late 2018

Camacho Hard Charger

The third release in Camacho’s Brotherhood Series is called Hard Charger. It uses the company’s signature Honduran corojo in both the binder and filler, while a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper graces the outside. Like the rest of the Brotherhood Series, this is military-themed,  this time referencing those who “march forward despite the odds.”

  • Wrapper: U.S.A. (Connecticut Broadleaf)
  • Binder: Honduras (Corojo)
  • Filler: Honduras (Corojo)

 

  • Camacho Hard Charger (6 x 50) — $13 (Boxes of 20, $260)

Production: 1,500 Boxes of 20 Cigars (30,000 Total Cigars)

Launch Date: Late 2018

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Charlie Minato
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I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.

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