It’s not very often you come across a cigar chest that costs a million dollars (USD that is). Thousands of hours of work, several international patents, more than 3,500 high-quality components, complex mechanics and the introduction of state-of-the-art technology make this the most prestigious cigar chest in the world. We’re talking about The Emperador by Imperiali Genève.
Here’s what you need to know about this amazing piece of mechanical wonder.
Produced in Switzerland using noble 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 around this most sophisticated of creations, is protected by a 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 code is then entered using the golden touch buttons.
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.
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 also be easily adjusted according to the user.
It has three exceptional accessories: 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 perfect flame. Lastly, the ashtray opens by the magic of mechanics whenever a cigar is brought near. Hundreds of combinations of meticulously selected tobaccos create an equally precious cigar.
The Emperador cigar chest is an unparalleled marriage of cutting-edge technology, exceptional mechanics and Swiss savoir-faire.