Pretty much every year, without fail, my final two booth posts to be completed are two French cigar accessory makers: Elie Bleu and S.T.Dupont. Both companies would be amongst my Top 5 booths to go visit if I wasn’t tasked with taking photographs and collecting information about their new products. From a spectator, it’s awesome. There is only one S.T.Dupont. It’s the elite company when it comes to lighters and cutters. Every once in a while, another company might make a lighter that is in a similar space to S.T.Dupont, but no one has the portfolio quite like S.T.Dupont. Unfortunately, S.T.Dupont has a habit of showing up to this trade show with dozens of new items, some of which of aren’t new because they are either aren’t for sale or they were launched in Europe or Asia some time ago. It makes for about as much as chaos as visiting a trade show booth could be.

This year, S.T.Dupont is celebrating 150 years in business, a feat few companies will ever reach. Coles of London—the company’s U.S. distributor—invited us to a small private party at the Davidoff of Geneva — since 1911 flagship store in Las Vegas where the companies celebrated the feat with a select group of clients and partners. It included, a massive cake designed to look the company’s signature product, the Ligne 2 Lighter.

I have covered S.T.Dupont through three distinct eras here in America. My earliest times when Lotus MJYX was its distributor in the U.S., then Davidoff of Geneva USA and now Coles of London. This is an interesting one because of one man, or mann. It’s Les Mann. For most of my time in the cigar business, Mann was at Colibri, where he spent nearly two decades before leaving in 2018. During 2000-2008, Mann was at Colibri selling at S.T.Dupont. But by the time I came around to the cigar business, Dupont’s distribution was elsewhere. Les Mann and I would chat regularly about what he thought of what was going on at S.T.Dupont and how the brand could be improved in the U.S. Last year, he joined Coles of London after the company took over the U.S. distribution, and he’s now once again leading the sales of its products to the cigar market in the U.S.

S.T.Dupont Ligne 2 Humidor Prototype

Each year, S.T.Dupont tends to bring one crazy item—or at least one, halo crazy product—to the trade show, somewhat of a surprise to S.T.Dupont’s U.S. distributor. There are, in fact, multiple pieces that show up as a surprise to the people tasked with selling said pieces, and this is the largest one. By the time I went to finish photographing the booth, a 50-pound marble ashtray and a 2SaintS humidor appeared to be packed up.

But this is the one that caught my eye the most. It’s a cabinet humidor, designed to look like the company’s iconic Ligne 2 lighter.

My understanding is that this is not in completed form yet and I don’t think Coles of London was actively marketing it. There certainly was no suggested retail price. Alain Crevet, ceo of S.T.Dupont, told me that the company makes pieces like this to show what it can do and sometimes they end up selling them, other times they go into S.T.Dupont’s museum. The key is balancing the creativity of S.T.Dupont’s employees with things like budgets and productivity.

This reminded me a lot of the S.T.Dupont 145th Anniversary Travel Case Humidor, a much larger and ornate piece that the company showed off in 2017. A customer actually purchased one and the other—the one I saw in 2017—is in Crevet’s office.

S.T.Dupont Cigar Cutter X Skull&Roses

Nearly a decade ago, S.T.Dupont and 2SaintS collaborated on a Skull&Roses collection and this appears to be the newest item. It’s a guillotine cutter with some ornate decorations. These take 3-4 months to produce.

MSRP: $1,295

Production: Made to Order

Release Date: Made to Order

S.T.Dupont Haute Create Défi XXtrême Poker

This takes the Défi XXtrême lighter and decorates it with various designs. It is offered in both white and yellow brass.

MSRP: $1,495

Production: Made to Order

Release Date: Made to Order

S.T.Dupont Haute Create Défi XXtrême Skull & Roses

MSRP: $1,495

Production: Made to Order

Release Date: Made to Order

S.T.Dupont Cigar Knife

There is already one French cigar knife maker, so I’m a bit surprised S.T.Dupont enter the space. I’m also surprised to continue to see companies entering the space because I find cigar knives to be a much less pleasant experience than the traditional ways of cutting cigars. The latest versions of Les Fines Lames knives—which the Dupont versions seem to very similar to—work better than any of the other knives I’ve used, but I’d still rather cut my cigar with a basic double guillotine cutter.

I have not used these to cut a cigar, but I’m sure Brooks will review it. Beyond the obvious, the one thing I find interesting is that Dupont appears to be offering different styles of blades as is evidenced in the picture above.

MSRP: $350

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: TBA

S.T.Dupont Complication Dark Storm

As I mentioned regarding the Ligne 2 Humidor, S.T.Dupont makes a lot of experimental pieces that I don’t think get sold, or if they do, maybe one or two get sold. Regardless, a lot of these pieces are not created for commercial reasons. A noted exception is the Complication lighter, which has taken a number of iterations and I’m guessing there are additional bespoke models that have not seen the light of day.

This lighter was introduced in 2016 and there have been multiple generations of it, including two new versions at this year’s trade show. It’s a clear sign that S.T.Dupont is not only able to sell them, but also profit from the sales.

Given that you likely have ever seen one of these, I should probably explain what this is. The Complication Lighter is a very large dual-flame lighter, meaning there’s both a soft flame and a torch flame. Unlike the Le Grand, these are more two lighters put into one massive case, but that’s not all. The lighters use a skeleton body—meaning you can see a lot of the internal pieces—and opening the lid spins various mechanical parts.

From what I understand, these are more or less commissioned pieces. They are technically limited, probably to some hypothetical number like eight or 88, but they are made on demand and I suspect if you wanted sapphires instead of rubies, Dupont would accommodate the request for a fee. These take six months to produce.

MSRP: $49,950

Production: Made to Order

Release Date: Made to Order

S.T.Dupont Complication Pocket Casino

This is the type of piece that reminds me that there is only one S.T.Dupont.

Take everything about the Complication lighter above, but then apply a whimsical casino theme, specifically, roulette. Yes, the roulette wheel moves when a button is pushed on the side. There’s a $ sign on the flame adjuster, dice—the concept is nailed.

But my favorite part is the back of the lighter: there’s an engraved roulette table.

It’s offered in rose gold, yellow gold or platinum.

MSRP: $49,950+

Production: Limited to 88 Pieces

Release Date: Made to Order

S.T.Dupont Le Grand Perfect Ping

The big news for S.T.Dupont on the lighter side is an update to its five-year-old Le Grand lighter. The Le Grand is larger than the company’s iconic Ligne 2 lighter but packs a trick. It features both the classic dual soft flame and a single torch lighter.

For those wondering how the lighter works, it begins like a regular Ligne 2: open the lid, place the lighter in your right hand and flick the roller to the left with your thumb. That strikes the flint and ignites the soft flames. With the soft flames ignited—technically there are two—push the roller upwards with your thumb and the torch flame is ignited. Letting go of the roller will put the lighter back into a soft flame though the torch can be reactivated by pushing the roller up again.

One feature that the Le Grand has lacked up until this point is that it does not make a pinging noise like a Ligne 2 when it is opened. That is changing.

There are four new Le Grand models that make a ping; they will begin shipping next month.

  • S.T.Dupont Le Grand Perfect Ping Diamond Head Yellow Gold — $1,395
  • S.T.Dupont Le Grand Perfect Ping Diamond Head Palladium — $1,395
  • S.T.Dupont Le Grand Perfect Ping Black Lacquer / Palladium — $1,595
  • S.T.Dupont Le Grand Perfect Ping Blue Sunburst / Palladium — $1,695

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: August 2022

S.T.Dupont Ligne 2 Blazon

Blazon refers to a coat of arms. S.T.Dupont has released a variety of lighters that have celebrated its coat of arms, though I’m not sure any have been this ornate. Only 15 pieces are coming to the U.S., though other markets have already received their allocations.

MSRP: $5,950

Production: Limited

Release Date: September 2022

S.T.Dupont Ligne 2 Architecture Las Vegas (2022)

I am not entirely sure what to make of this but this exact lighter debuted three years ago at a price that was nearly $3,000 more. Apparently, if you’d like to purchase one you can still do so, but only the Las Vegas version. What’s particularly bizarre is that these are made to order, so it’s not as if S.T.Dupont found an extra 20 Las Vegas lighters lying around and realized it needed to sell them. Or maybe it did.

Like most of these custom pieces, you can expect the item to arrive 3-4 months after they are ordered.

MSRP: $6,750

Production: Made to Order

Release Date: Made to Order

S.T.Dupont Architecture Ashtray (2022)

Similarly, the bronze Architecture Ashtray is back. It too debuted in 2019. These were originally announced as limited to 288 pieces.

MSRP: $6,750

Production: Made to Order

Release Date: Made to Order

S.T.Dupont Ligne 2 Cuba & Skull (Second Generation)

Earlier this year, S.T.Dupont launched two new Ligne 2 lighters with different images on them, one called Cuba, the other called Skull. A half year later, there are now new versions of both lighters.

MSRP: $1,295

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: October 2022

S.T.Dupont Ligne 2 Eye of the Tiger

Each year I try to pick one item that I would buy if money and sense weren’t real constraints. This year, it would be this Eye of the Tiger lighter. The lighter itself has an incredibly interesting pattern that may not be apparent if you didn’t know the name or didn’t see the included tiger stand. It’s very well done, but also a bit subtle in terms of being a tiger-themed product.

Unfortunately, it’s $18,950—so I won’t be buying one. I’d be curious to know what the price would be without the stand, but I’m guessing it would still be rather eye-popping.

S.T.Dupont Ligne 2 Gold Dust

One aspect of having Les Mann back selling S.T.Dupont products is that he is going to push to bring back items from the archives. For example, the Art Deco ashtray you can see below is a new product but with the same Art Deco styling that Dupont used in the 1990s.

This lighter is an even more explicit directive to go into the archives and bring it back. S.T.Dupont used to sell this lighter back in the day and now it’s back.

There’s also a matching pen.

MSRP: $1,395

Production: 150 Pieces

Release Date: September 2022

S.T.Dupont Ligne 2 Hôtel Particulier 

This is part of the S.T.Dupont 150th celebration and depicts the Tissot-Dupont brother’s hôtel particulier in Paris. The company was founded in 1872 by Simon Tissot-Dupont, first making leather goods and travel cases. In 1921, his sons bought a hôtel particulier, basically a converted mansion that serves as a hotel, and used it for the growing business. This lighter pays tribute to that, and it’s a U.S. exclusive item.

MSRP: $1,295

Production: 150 Pieces

Release Date: September 2022

S.T.Dupont Ligne 2 King of Cards

If you’d like an S.T.Dupont lighter that is somewhat casino-themed but want to keep your purchase under $10,000, perhaps this Ligne 2 King of Cards will be of interest to you. These lighters take 4-6 months to produce and are commissioned items.

MSRP: $8,750

Production: Made to Order

Release Date: Made to Order

S.T.Dupont Ligne 2 Skull&Flower

There is also a Skull&Flower themed lighter that is very much in the same style

MSRP: $8,750

Production: Made to Order

Release Date: Made to Order

S.T.Dupont Ligne 2 Matte Black & Carbon

I would suspect that these are going to sell very well. That was my first thought when I saw them in January and it remains true six months later.

These feature a PVD black matte body with a choice of three different in-lays, giving the classic Ligne 2 soft flame lighter one of the more sinister looks.

MSRP: $1,695

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: October 2022

S.T.Dupont Porcelain Ashtrays

There are four different porcelain ashtray designs the company is adding this year. They measure 8.67 x 6.67 x 1.5 inches and are made in China of white porcelain. The designs are applied using chromolithography, which is also how some of the similarly-designed Ligne 2 lighters are decorated.

The four designs are:

  • S.T.Dupont Art Deco Ashtray
  • S.T.Dupont Big 5 Ashtray
  • S.T.Dupont Cuba Ashtray
  • S.T.Dupont Skull Ashtray

MSRP: $385

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: Q4 2022


There are a variety of new items that I failed to photograph. Despite both the best intentions of S.T.Dupont’s staff and me, trying to get all of the information about all of the new products is chaotic. Unfortunately, I missed a variety of the new items. Fortunately, Les Mann has some pictures.

These are all new color ways of existing models:

  • S.T.Dupont Slim 7 Matte Black/Matte Red/Golden — $215
  • S.T.Dupont miniJet Total Matte Black/Matte Red/Navy Blue — $160
  • S.T.Dupont megaJet Brushed Copper/Golden/Matte Black/Matte Red — $245
  • S.T.Dupont Cigar Stand Black and Golden — $210

There is also the U.S.-exclusive Matte Blue collection, which will ship at the end of Q3:

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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 have written about the cigar industry for more than a decade, covering everything from product launches to regulation to M&A. In addition, I handle a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff here at halfwheel. I enjoy playing tennis, watching boxing, falling asleep to the Le Mans 24, wearing sweatshirts year-round and eating gyros. echte liebe.