Special cigar lighter project to benefit the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation
New York City, July 7, 2015—Colibri Group (www.colibri.com) and Arturo Fuente Cigar Company (www.arturofuente.com) are happy to announce a special project to benefit the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation (www.cf-cf.org). Colibri will produce a limited-edition Fuente Fuente Opus X series of the Colibri Astoria triple-flame cigar lighter.
”It was a true pleasure to work with Les Mann, and our extended family at Colibri. They have been amazing to work with, and so generous to the Children of the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation. I thank you,” says Liana Fuente, Creative Marketing Director for the Fuente companies and fourth-generation member of the Arturo Fuente cigar family.
“It’s been a real thrill to have worked closely with Carlito, Liana and the Fuente family to help their foundation over the years,” says Colibri Executive Vice President, Les Mann. “They are the premiere cigar family in the world, and their cigar brands are amongst the most respected and sought-after. We wanted to do a project that was perfect; one that represented the ideals of both brands. I think fans of Colibri lighters and Fuente cigars are going to love it. This limited edition series is really something special, and it’s for a very special cause.”
“We wanted a make a statement that communicated perfection, luxury, success and the power of family. This is the brand. And we did it,” says Carlos “Carlito” Fuente Jr., President of Arturo Fuente Cigars and third-generation cigar maker. “After 15 years of friendship, I was excited to work again with Les and his team at Colibri. These are the kinds of projects that are the most fun and the most successful—the ones that are built on long bonds and have a strong purpose.“
The limited edition Colibri Astoria for Opus X is produced in five finishes: black+red; black+gunmetal; black + rose; red + black; red+gold. The OpusX medallion on the front is fabricated separately, flash plated in gold and formed to fit into the body of the lighter. On the back, the OpusX logo is laser engraved onto cutter blade, and the quote all cigar aficionados the world over know, “Only Fuente is Fuente”, is laser engraved onto blade handle. Each lighter is numbered and ships in a custom luxury gift box. Colibri will produce 250 of each finish for the US. They will ship this fall. Suggested retail is $185.
Dubai – 2nd December - After the immense success of the King Power "Arturo Fuente" unveiled in 2012, Hublot is today celebrating the international launch of the ForbiddenX watch in Dubai. Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, and Carlos Fuente Jr, grandson of the cigar factory's founder, made the journey especially for this occasion, accompanied by Marco Tedeschi who represents Hublot in the Middle East.
They met for an exclusive event which brought Dubai's greatest cigar connoisseurs and major watch collectors together at the One&Only The Palm hotel, where the ambiance of the famous Château de la Fuente was recreated for the occasion, with its distinctly Cuban flavour. Whilst enjoying music and cuisine evoking Old World Havana, the guests, all sporting their Hublot Panama hat and with a fine ForbiddenX cigar, were able to discover the watches developed in close collaboration with the Fuente family, who are very proud of their Cuban roots. A unique moment. Download Full Press Release and Specifications Here.
Fuente has owned the casa cuba brand for so many years. Why was the brand never really brought to market earlier?
Casa Cuba was a brand that my father bought way back during the early days of the embargo. The gentleman who owned the brand and a small factory, was very good friends with my grandfather. He was very old and his children were not interested in the business, so my father bought the brand. I have to tell you, it was one of my all-time favorite labels. It was an old-world label with beautiful illustrations. It represented the fusion of Cuba and America—Lady Liberty on one side and the goddess of the Siboney (native Cuban tribe) on the other. It represented a lot to me as a young man and that label was very important, so we saved it. It was particularly important in the ‘70s, when my grandfather always said, “When we go back to Cuba…” So that was a brand that I saved thinking that we would be back in Cuba someday making that brand. And time goes by; my grandfather passed away in 1973 and the situation in Cub a remains the same.