Imperiali Genève, a new lifestyle brand and a manufacturer of technologically complex masterpieces, presents the world’s most exclusive cigar chest – the Emperador.
The brand, which promotes the art of living, is dedicated to reinterpreting everyday timepieces and turning them into the works of wonder. All of their artifacts are entirely produced in Switzerland, and a result of two to three years of meticulous work carried out by hundreds of professionals, guided by the long-standing expertise of David Pasciuto and Stéphane Nazzal.
Imperiali Genève’s outstanding creation, the Emperador cigar chest, is described as a marriage of cutting-edge technology, mechanics, and 100% Swiss savoir-faire. This 70 cm long, 45 cm wide and 30 cm high humidor, composed of 2,675 high-quality components, integrates a fine timepiece featuring a tourbillon. The most prestigious cigar chest in the world is a subject to several international patents. Only twelve pieces will be produced each year, and at the price of one million Swiss francs.
The Emperador humidor, which is described as an experience for all five senses, unites what is Switzerland most famous for – the art of watchmaking with the skills of the best experts from 27 different trades. The chest is crowned by a tourbillon timepiece assembled from 323 parts, and decorated with a traditional ‘Clous de Paris’ guilloché motif. Surrounding the tourbillon are 24 exceptional Grand Cru cigars, which are wrapped in four gold leaves and arranged in individual glass tubes. The chest is protected by a personal secret code and it opens only when its user brushes a finger over one of the nine touch buttons on the cover, spelling the name ‘Imperiali’. The case is woken by a gentle touch, which activates the integrated LCD display. This is when the user enters the pass-code, using the golden touch buttons.
The Emeprador then opens to reveal the tourbillon watch mechanism, with only three indicators visible to the user. These are the dials for the relative humidity and temperature inside the chest, the power reserve, and the number of cigars remaining. The box actually integrates the world’s first self-regulating humidity system, which necessitates neither water nor human intervention. The system maintains a constant humidity level of 70% and a temperature of 16 to 18 degrees Celsius, but these variables can be adjusted according to the owner’s tastes.
The watch nestled inside the case is an exceptional Swiss-made flying tourbillon, with a manually wound movement entirely custom-designed and developed by a Manufacture in the Franches-Montagnes district. The watch movement operates at a frequency of 21,600 vib/h, and promises a power reserve of 80 hours. The hours and minutes are indicated by two central hands, while the tourbillon cage completes one full rotation in 60 seconds. The movement is hand-wound, even though the action of the human hand is here replaced with a system that operates the crown, ensuring that the movement never stops, even without human intervention.
The finest-quality Emperador cigars are arranged in drawers – 24 gold-plated cigars in the front row, and another 12 in the drawer hidden beneath the main level. The cigars are made from tobacco sourced from the Jamastran Valley (south Honduras) and the Jalapa Valley (north Nicaragua). After 48 months of ageing, the tobacco leaves are processed to create a superior-quality Grand Cru.
The cigar chest also incorporates a cigar cutter, a table lighter, and an automatic ashtray, with two cigar rests, that opens whenever a cigar is brought near. Of the three accessories, the cigar cutter is the most technically complex. It is capable of cutting the cigar using a guillotine mechanism, or perforating it like a cigar punch, while the clippings are ejected by a rotating cylinder. Three sizes of punch are available: 6, 10 or 14 millimeters. Finally, the table lighter is lit by an electric motor which opens the gas valve and a spark which is produced above the three torch nozzles. The lighter is connected to the 25 ml reservoir, which is large enough to fuel an average flame for several dozen minutes.
For more information about the Emperador cigar chest, worth one million Swiss francs, please visit www.imperiali-geneve.com website.
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