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A couple of months ago Davidoff was here with their incredible Davidoff’s Tour Gastronomique Art & Gourmet Weekend featuring various delicious culinary events with three Michelin Starred Swiss Chef Peter Knogl. Recently on May 31st, Davidoff announced the global launch of its second Limited Art Edition in June 2016 at Art Basel, Switzerland in collaboration with Jamaican-French artist Olivia McGilchrist.
Olivia McGilchrist is a visual artist whose works explore themes of translocation and issues of Caribbean cultural identity by juxtaposing parallel realities through photographs, video installations and virtual reality. The Davidoff Limited Art Edition 2016 consists of a cigar edition limited to 7,000 unique boxes, and carry 10 perfecto cigars, which only ten experienced Davidoff torcedores (cigar rollers) are able to craft. Each of these boxes will feature an exclusive still extracted from McGilchrist’s video, ‘from many sides.’
“My work is innately aligned with my Caribbean background and is informed by a desire to foster deeper connections to the cultural identity of the region,” said Olivia McGilchrist,“‘from many sides’ comes from the intersection of the exploration of the myths and stories of the region with the ways in which new media technologies allow us to re-envision how these stories are told. A guiding question in my practice is to ask by what means contemporary lens-based media works as a storytelling tool, allowing us to be closer to our more authentic selves.”
Davidoff explains that the beauty of the perfecto format lies in the fact that the aficionado can actually taste the wrapper and binder as both flavors come through exquisitely. The Habano Ecuador wrapper exudes a creamy richness first, before giving way to the spicy, peppery flavor of the Dominican Piloto binder. The essence of Dominican Mejorado filler tobaccos also comes through as the cigar unfolds its complexity and sweetness with flavors of milk, coffee and oak wood, ceaselessly delighting the palate of the aficionado. In the second third, a fruity sweetness with a floral hint appears, while the oak wood flavor shifts smoothly to a licorice note. This cigar is exceptionally well balanced and has a delicious creaminess. Towards the end, the flavors increase in intensity, leaving an unforgettable impression.
Truly exceptional art pieces, combined with Davidoff’s masterpiece cigars becomes an event any cigar aficionado would love to experience and collect. In addition to the above, a highly limited run of Collector’s Editions consisting of one of sixteen numbered editions of the commissioned video, a cigar box featuring a unique still image from the video, and a signed certificate by the artist, will also be released at Art Basel.
With this second Limited Art Edition, Davidoff continues its long history of engaging with artists and designers.
“Davidoff is committed to supporting contemporary art and bringing international recognition to the important creative voices emerging from the Caribbean. The Limited Art Edition generates more exposure for the artists while it helps to support the Davidoff Art Initiative residencies and programs worldwide,” said Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, CEO Oettinger Davidoff AG. “‘from many sides’ offers a rich and multi-sensory experience which we are excited to share with new audiences, beginning with those at Art Basel.”
Part of the revenues generated by the Davidoff Limited Art Edition 2016 will be dedicated to sustaining the Davidoff Art Initiative and supporting artists from the Caribbean.
Davidoff’s Tour Gastronomique Art & Gourmet Weekend took place here in Casa de Campo, and I had the privilege of attending the Art & Gourmet Cocktail this past Friday. The evening started at the Davidoff Art Residency in Altos de Chavón, and one could not wish for better weather to accompany outdoor conversations of art with a cigar in hand. Read complete article here.
The Davidoff Art Initiative was launched in 2012 with the aim to support contemporary art and artists in the Caribbean, and so it was a great pleasure to see the Davidoff Art Residency in Altos de Chavón officially opened. Read the complete article here.
About the Davidoff Art Initiative
The Davidoff Art Initiative supports contemporary art and artists in the Caribbean, strengthens art organizations, and fosters cultural engagement between the Caribbean and the rest of the world. It brings opportunity and visibility to the art and culture of the wider Caribbean region, including the Dominican Republic, where much of Davidoff’s production and many of its employees are based, extending the company’s long-standing commitment to artistry, craftsmanship, community, and quality.
About Oettinger Davidoff AG
Oettinger Davidoff AG with sales of over CHF 600 million and 3,500 employees around the world, traces its roots back to 1875 and remains family-owned to this day with two distinctly different businesses: One that is focused on FMCG distribution in the Swiss market and the other is dedicated to the core business of producing, marketing and retailing premium-branded cigars, tobacco products and accessories. The premium-branded cigar business includes Davidoff, AVO, Camacho, Cusano, Griffin’s, Private Stock, Zino and Zino Platinum. The Oettinger Davidoff AG business is anchored in a strong “crop-to-shop” philosophy, having pursued vertical integration from the tobacco fields in the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua to the worldwide network of over 70 Davidoff Flagship Stores that complement a network of strong Appointed Merchants around the world.