The simple act of lighting a cigar has not changed much since the first “strike anywhere” match was invented in 1826. But this year, the renowned Parisian firm S. T. Dupont has taken the portable creation of fire to a new, extraordinary level.
Inspired by the intricacies of a Swiss watch combined with the solid features of a bank vault, the S. T. Dupont Complication Lighter consists of 200 interlinking parts, most of which are visible through its skeletonized body. This yellow-gold and palladium-finished, handcrafted masterpiece is embellished with nine rubies and has a combination lock on one side and a 1-carat diamond-centered wheel on the other. To unlock the lid of the D-type lighter, a two-digit “secret” combination code must be entered. (Spoiler: The code is 7-5, signifying the 75 years S. T. Dupont has been creating lighters.) Wheels spin as the lid opens and closes, and a slide shifts the model into turbo mode, transforming the flame from “soft” to an intensified jet. With only eight individually numbered editions slated, this is a nearly matchless piece of machinery.
Davidoff of Geneva, 844.878.2727.