Today Davidoff has announced the Davidoff Art Edition 2017. The cigar will make its formal debut at the Art Basel festival being held in Basel, Switzerland from June 15 to June 18. The Davidoff Art Edition 2017 becomes the third installment in Davidoff’s Art Edition line.
The Davidoff Art Edition series made its debut in 2014 with the Davidoff Art Edition 2014. This was followed up two years later with the Davidoff Art Edition 2016, and now by this year’s Davidoff Art Edition 2017. For each of these installments, Davidoff has commissioned an artist to contribute his/her original artwork in the packaging and banding. This year, artist Rodell Warner developed a series called “Nature Reimaged”. Warner’s artwork is used on one of five different cigar boxes as a part of the Davidoff Art Edition 2017 release.
Warner was inspired by a series of photographs of the Carribbean Islands. He then built a collage of patterns and turned it into a digital three-dimensional object. He then saved images of the digital 3D object viewed from various angles and used these images like puzzle pieces to build the final artwork
“We quickly learned that what we wanted to discover and communicate is what connects the cigars and the art,” said Warner in a press release. “What goes into the production is what we care about; with both the cigars and the images. We realized that we are designing experiences that are sought out for the pleasure they give, and that we take pleasure in giving only our best.”
The Davidoff Art Edition 2017 introduces an all-new blend into the series. This blend includes an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper over an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder and fillers from Brazil and the Dominican Republic. For the first time, the Davidoff Art Edition 2017 will feature a 6 x 54 Toro. The previous two installments of the Davidoff Art Edition series have used a perfecto.
Each cigar will be packaged in ten-count boxes featuring one of the five works developed by Warner. A total of 1,000 numbered boxes is being released. Pricing is set at $39.00 SRP per cigar.
As in previous years, there will also be a limited “Collector’s Edition” run. For this series, Warner developed a series of photographs projecting the Limited Art Edition images onto subjects. Each special Collector’s Edition will consist of the Limited Art Edition 2017 cigar box and one photograph signed by the artist from the series, as well as the Davidoff Book Collection.
The launch of the Davidoff Art Edition 2017 will be incorporated into the Davidoff Lounge that is a part of Art Basel. This provides an area to showcase the works of artists who have been a part of the Davidoff Art Initiative – with Warner’s works being prominently showcased.
At a glance, here is a look at the Davidoff Art Edition 2017.
Wrapper: Habano Ecuador
Binder: Sumatra Ecuador
Filler: Brazilian Matafina, Visus and Cubra Visus; Dominican San Vicente Mejorado Visus, Piloto Visus and Hybrid Olor/PilotoSeco
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
The Davidoff Art Edition 2017 is available in one size – a 6 x 54 Toro.