At the 2023 Premium Cigar Association Trade Show, Quality Importers showed off a series of one-of-a-kind luxury cutters done in partnership with renowned jeweler Jacob & Co. under the banner of the Xikar X-Clusive Series. On August 12, a formal launch was held at the St. Regis Hotel in Bal Harbour, Florida to officially introduce the series.
The series features four cutters incorporating two concepts on a Xikar Xi cutter: constellation and geometric designs. The cutters feature hand-applied custom enamel finishes in various hues on a body of sterling silver. Each cutter carries a suggested retail price of $16,000.00. The constellation cutters are available in blue or black enamel finishes, accentuating the constellations with sterling silver details. Meanwhile, the geometric cutter design offers two options—a solid sterling silver finish with the illusion of dimension or a geometric hombre design transitioning from warm yellow to burgundy with an enamel finish.
This is not the first project Quality Importers has done with Jacob & Co. Back in 2021, the X-clusive Dueling Dragons Chasing Flaming Pearl Cigar Cutter, with a price tag of $160,000.00, was released. This cutter features an 18k gold body. It contains 1,940 lustrous red rubies (22.50ct). The fully functioning handles, which hold the precision steel blades, showcase two ruby-eyed 18K yellow gold dragons with arms outstretched to clutch the cherished prize—a large flame-engulfed pearl at the apex of the cutter.
Quality Importers is also positioning the Xikar X-clusive series as a custom bespoke offering that can incorporate gold, silver, diamonds, emeralds, or other precious metals.
In a press release, Michael Giordano, Founder and CEO of Quality Importers, commented, “It’s our pleasure to continue working with Jacob & Co. to introduce innovative products that consumers have never dreamt of or seen before. These cigar accessories are heirlooms intended to be passed down through generations, preserving the tradition of enjoying a cigar.”
Jacob Arabo, added, “The first cutter we worked on with XIKAR® was a great experience. Now we’re back with an entire lineup of luxury cigar cutters. It’s a great object to design and to use. It’s very tactile and sensual. It has to have the right weight and feel. Not to mention, it’s part of a ritual that I love —the preparation of a good cigar.”
The launch event held last month featured a silent auction benefiting SIDES Charity, which supports families affected by Ewing’s Sarcoma and other pediatric cancers. Additionally, La Aurora cigars was on hand doing cigar rolling and providing attendees with the La Aurora Preferidos Hors d’Age 2021 LE cigar.
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