AROUND THE WORLD
Davidoff marks its 50th anniversary with a special collection of humidors and accessories designed by French artist Mariane Léger
IT WAS 50 years ago that Zino Davido , a respected Swiss- Ukranian businessman whose store in Geneva drew connoisseurs from the world over, produced his fi rst namesake Cuban blend. The spirit of Davido has continued to infuse its handcrafted items, bringing new flavours and designs to millions of global fans. This year’s milestone anniversary is celebrated with the unveiling of a special collection of accessories.
Refl ecting Davido ’s spirit of seeking inspiration from the four corners of the earth are the Caves du Monde humidors, meticulously designed and crafted by French artist Mariane Léger. The four
designs, named after Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas, pay homage to the founder’s tireless pursuit of innovation, discovery, variety and taste.
Léger embarked on a similar journey in pursuit of inspiration, learning about local tradition, craft techniques and cultures of the regions, and integrating these elements into each Caves du Monde humidor. The Cave d’asie, offered in Davidoff’s Singapore boutiques, embodies the essence of variety, with its design and materials reflecting the richness of Asian culture.
The design is composed of three distinctive symbols: A koi carp gliding its way through the foliage of plum flowers and bamboo. The koi signifies perseverance and affluence, the plum flower represents audacity and resolution while the bamboo expresses longevity and stability.
Each humidor, made of Gabon wood, is inlaid with 692 pieces of lotus fibre and Ghicha silk. These motifs, laser- cut from rare lotus fibre and delicate Ghicha silk, are inlaid by hand on the red-tinted sycamore case using a marquetry technique invented by Léger.
The lotus is a sacred symbol in Buddhism, and the fibres are painstakingly extracted from the stem on the day of harvest and woven into a creamcoloured fabric. Naturally tabby brown Ghicha silk, used in Indian sarees, is handwoven from wild silkworms to create a gold-tinged effect that shimmers from afar. Both fabrics were sourced from local communities, as an endeavour to encourage the preservation of traditional techniques and heritage.
The Cave d’asie humidor is outfitted with three Davidoff Slim regulators. These limited- and numbered- edition humidors are signed by Léger herself. Inside the box are a certificate of authenticity, a removable basket and palladium fittings.
Léger’s designs also appear on porcelain jars and Prestige lighters, which are also limited- and numbered- editions. The sleek white jars are etched with one of the four designs by Léger, while the lighters bear refined details of Léger’s designs. For the first time, Davidoff is offering a brushed finish on the lighters, with edges in a contrasting mirror effect that is both masculine and contemporary.