The first person I spoke to after arriving in Las Vegas was David Levy of Manny Iriarte Enterprises. I was still in the airport, but I appreciated the conversation because it was very helpful for this booth post coverage. Levy explained the company’s approach to new items; basically, it’s like a fashion company. Each year, the company will debut its new collection at the PCA Convention & Trade Show. That collection will be in production from the current year’s summer through the same time next year. Unless explicitly stated—like the tabletop lighters or white ashtray—the items will be “regular production,” meaning the company aims to fulfill the orders that are placed for these items until the end of the “season.” Some of those items may remain for the next collection but others may be phased out.

This means what I saw in Vegas—and what you can look at below—is more or less everything the company plans on releasing over the next 12 months.

As for the booth, I believe it’s the same as last year’s booth. The yellow and blue theme creates for a great contrast, and this booth stands out as being one of the most colorful on the trade show floor. One thing that was apparent this year, the company has grown in personnel. This was the last booth I saw during the 2022 PCA Convention & Trade Show, and there were at least a half dozen people in the booth—right before the close of the trade show—most of whom seemed to work for Manny Iriarte Enterprises.

In case you need a refresher, Manny Iriarte Enterprises is a company by Manny Iriarte, a Cuban-born designer and photographer who has worked with a number of cigar companies over the last 20 years, most notably, Arturo Fuente. While there are some Manny Iriarte-branded items, most of what the company sells are Arturo Fuente-branded accessories under The OpusX Society banner.

The OpusX Society J-30 Lighter

This is a new single-flame torch lighter that features a fuel window. That’s not all that notable, but what is interesting is that this lighter model is being made exclusively for Manny Iriarte Enterprises by Rëyns International, the American distributor of Elie Bleu. This is different than the lighters it released last year, which were Elie Bleu models with exclusive colorways, meaning you could buy non-Fuente branded versions of the lighters from Elie Bleu. Given that all of Elie Bleu’s lighters are made in Japan, I’d expect the same to be true here.

MSRP: $299

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2022

The OpusX Society Table Top Lighter

Like the J-30, this is also exclusive to Manny Iriarte Enterprises, made by Rëyns International. It’s a triple-flame lighter that is activated by a side-squeeze ignition. One notable difference is that this is a limited edition piece, offered in two colors, each numbered to 150 pieces.

MSRP: $398

Production: 150 Numbered Pieces per Color

Release Date: July 2022

The OpusX Society 1776 Humidor

This humidor combines the OpusX branding with the American flag. It measures 15.7 x 11.2 x 6.2 inches, which is smaller than the previous non-Elie Bleu humidors the company released last year, though larger than the two Elie Bleu versions. In case the price tag doesn’t make this clear, this is not an Elie Bleu humidor.

While it comes with a tray, it’s not as decorative as the other The OpusX Society humidors. It’s a nicer tray than most humidors, but one thing I noticed last year was just how unique the trays the company’s humidors were in terms of their designs.

If you are wondering, the company is keeping the Gran Reserva Humidor from last year in production, but the Don Carlos and Hemingway models are not listed as part of the current collection.

MSRP: $1,440

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: October 2022

 

The OpusX Society Losas Coloniales Humidor

Losas Coloniales is Spanish for colonial tiles, which Iriarte says were inspired by his native Cuba. Like the 1776 Humidor, there’s also a matching J-30 lighter design. That’s sort of where the similarities end between the two humidors.

First, this humidor is both larger than the 1776 Humidor and larger than the 2021 humidor models from Manny Irirate Enterprises. It measures 19.6 x 11.2 x 6.2 inches. Second, it features one of the cooler tray designs you ever see. There are 548 small holes to allow humidity to pass through and then a giant OpusX Society logo in the middle part, which is also a pass-through for humidifcation In addition, the tray has its own cover, which is also extremely ornate.

MSRP: $1,800

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: October 2022

The OpusX Society White Porcelain Ashtray

This is a larger ashtray than most porcelain ashtrays and is made in Galicia, Spain. I believe Elie Bleu is selling a non-OpusX branded version of the same ashtray, or at least they look remarkably similar in terms of construction.

MSRP: $450

Production: 500 Pieces

Release Date: August 2022

The OpusX Society Small Leather Goods

These are offered in two color schemes, either blue/yellow or black/red.

  • The OpusX Society Passport Holder — $330
  • The OpusX Society Billfold — $390
  • The OpusX Society CC Holder — $298

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2022

The OpusX Society Leather Keychain

This is offered in six colors: brown, green, blue, yellow, red and black.

MSRP: $175

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2022

Charlie Minato

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.