Earlier this week, the Montecristo L’Esprit, a new size for Habanos S.A.’s Montecristo line, debuted at a launch party in Basel, Switzerland that also celebrated a trio of humidors produced as a collaboration with S.T. Dupont.

The L’Esprit is a robusto extra that measures 5 7/10 inches (145mm) long with a 50 ring gauge, a vitolas that Habanos S.A. refers to as the Preciosos, but which has also been used for the Partagás Maduro No. 3 under the vitola name Maduro No. 3.

Neither Habanos S.A. nor Intertabak AG, the exclusive distributor of Habanos S.A. products in Switzerland, has released any further details about the cigar, such as when it will be released, how it will be packaged, or what its pricing will be.

The Montecristo L’Esprit Collection added a trio of new humidors produced by S.T. Dupont that join a similarly themed collection of lighters and accessories. The three designs, Le Crepuscule, La Nuit and L’Aurore, get their names from three different stages of night.

“Habanos, S.A. seeks to always partner with leading brands in their markets, with products that offer something unique and different to its customers, in the end, brands that are up to what is considered the best tobacco in the world”, said José María López Inchaurbe, vp of development at Habanos, S.A., via a press release.

“Both Habanos and Dupont are dedicated to elevating craftsmanship to an art form,” said Alain Crevet, ceo of S.T. Dupont. “Together, we are bringing the very best cigars, and the very best smoking accessories in an exceptional Art de Vivre; this new collaboration with Habanos and Montecristo has been again a pleasure and a flawless experience between our two Maisons.”

The Montecristo L ‘Esprit collection is inspired by Alexandre Dumas’ novel, The Count of Montecristo, which also gives its name to the brand. The collection also recognizes the 150th anniversary of S.T. Dupont, which was founded in 1872.

Images courtesy of Habanos S.A.

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