Yesterday Swiss luxury goods brand Imperiali Genève unveiled the Emperador cigar chest. This is not just any cigar chest, it took thousands of hours of work, holds several international patents, comprises 2,675 high-quality components, includes complex mechanics as well as the introduction of state-of-the-art technology. It is, quite simply, the most prestigious cigar chest in the world, with a cigar chomping price tag of one million Swiss francs.
Available to a privileged few, only twelve numbered pieces will be produced each year. Combined with a timepiece featuring a tourbillon, this is a cigar chest that marries the traditional art of Swiss watchmaking with the skills of experts from 27 different trades.
Imperiali Genève is a young company aspiring to reinvent existing objects by transcending the bounds of reason. The cigar chest is the first fruit of their imagination. Produced in Switzerland using only the finest materials, it measures 70 cm long, 45 cm wide and 30 cm high.
The chest is crowned by a tourbillon timepiece made up of 323 parts and a ‘Clous de Paris’ guilloché dial – the work of a master watchmaker from the Swiss Jura. Access to the 24 exceptional Grand Cru cigars, which are wrapped in four gold leaves and arranged in individual glass tubes, is protected by a personal secret code. The user simply brushes a finger over one of the nine touch buttons on the cover spelling the name ‘Imperiali’ to activate the integrated LCD display, which is invisible when the device is sleeping. The owner then enters a personal code using the golden touch buttons.
Self-regulating humidity system
The Emperador showcases its mechanics – namely the lock and tourbillon watch mechanisms – but is careful to conceal all its electronic components. Only three indicators with mechanical hands are visible to the user. These display, in real time, the relative humidity and temperature inside the chest, the power reserve and the number of cigars remaining. In its quest for perfection and innovation, Imperiali Genève has developed the world’s first self-regulating humidity system, which requires neither water nor human intervention. It guarantees a constant humidity level of 70% and a temperature of 16 to 18 degrees Celsius, regardless of external environmental conditions. These variables can be easily adjusted according to the user’s wishes.
The savouring of each cigar is enhanced by the Emperador’s three accessories, which combine technology with mechanics. These devices are arranged in an unobtrusive drawer incorporated into the front of the chest. The cigar cutter enables the cigar to be either mechanically cut or perforated in the manner of a punch. The table lighter and its three nozzles offer a flame while the ashtray opens by the magic of mechanics whenever a cigar is brought near.
The cigars within the chest were selected from hundreds of combinations of meticulously selected tobaccos to achieve the final result. Rich, complex and balanced, the cigars are the product of the fertile plantations of the Jamastran Valley (south Honduras) and the Jalapa Valley (north Nicaragua), the El Dorado of Cuban emigrants who arrived equipped with their seeds and unparalleled knowledge. The Emperador cigar is aged for 48 months, the leaves are carefully processed so as to create an exceptional Grand Cru.
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