Host Guide: Smoker's Triumvirate: Tools of Preparation
The precision engineering demonstrated by the collections of S.T. Dupont (800.341.7003, www.st-dupont.com) has made the act of lighting up—be it a robusto or a Churchill—a grand experience. Moorish motifs from the south of Spain inspired the artistic Andalusia Jeroban ($3,100), a limited edition lighter featuring a spectrum of platinum, Chinese lacquer, and turquoise geometric shapes.
The best cigars deserve special treatment, even at rest. There is perhaps no finer place to rest a smoke than the crystal-and-silver Clair de Lune ashtray ($2,160) from Davidoff (www.davidoff.com). The solid lead crystal base was designed and handcrafted in France by Daum, the revered glassmaker. A sterling silver ring with three cradle positions keeps ash and cigar stylishly in place.
A Case for ’Gator
Packing light while traveling means packing wisely. It does not necessarily mean leaving the cigars at home, especially if your carry-on contains the Exotic ($495), a hand-sewn leather case by Galco International (800.874.2526, www.usgalco.com) fashioned from farm-raised alligator. Available in black or cognac, the exotic holds three cigars (as large as 6 x 52).
The artisans of Elie Bleu (952.476.4321, www.eliebleu.com) have crafted a colorful reputation in the humidor industry in part by offering exquisite, jewel-toned boxes. No less desirable is the Gold Medallion, which is made of maple and finished with eight layers of gold- and ebony-tinted lacquer. The humidor is available in four sizes, ranging from 75- to 300-count ($1,215 to $2,775). Handsome.