December 2020

A month ago, Davidoff showed their annual Chinese Zodiac release, the Year of the Ox. The cigar, pipe cigar accessories, and pipe tobacco were released. But unlike previous years, there wasn’t a Year of the Ox pipe. A Davidoff Masterpiece Humidor was missing too. But here they are. And both in a very small number. 

Year of the Ox Pipe

 For the “Year of the Ox” limited edition Pipe, Davidoff pairs Italian craftsmanship and Japanese ancestral decoration techniques. This creates an unprecedented pipe offering. This Davidoff Masterpiece pipe is beautifully crafted out of Italian briarwood. Then it is adorned with a solid “Year of the Ox” gold ring that emphasizes the contrast between the black mouthpiece and the wood grain of the body. The pipe is handcrafted in Italy by expert pipe craftsmen. It comes in an elegant black case and is wreathed in an exceptionally smooth napa leather pouch. 

Decorated in Japan by the Zohiko atelier, the ox is made of two different Maki-e techniques. Maki-e is a lacquerware technique in which gold powder is scattered onto the lacquer design. The horns and the hooves of the ox are created with the Nashiji technique. That makes them shine with irregular reflections. The body of the ox is made using the Hiramakié technique that allows very thin designs. Only five Davidoff Year of the Ox pipes are made.

Year of the Ox Masterpiece Humidor

If you are lucky you could be the owner of one of the seven Year of the Ox Humidors. A striking and elegant humidor. The majestic Masterpiece humidor “Year of the Ox” is adorned with a subtle engraved pattern. It features a gold plated handle, to allow opening and closing the humidor comfortably. The shape of two ox horns is the main design feature of this Masterpiece. They are carefully crafted out of ox leather and inlaid by hand into the lid of the humidor. Contrasting the red lacquer, the golden colored leather harmonizes with the handle while its sturdy structure is representing the strength and the determination of the Ox. Once opened the humidor unveils a beautiful gold-plated ox icon. The ox is standing, plowing his furrow never diverted from his course.

Another hidden highlight of this Masterpiece is a drawer lined with leather. This is to accommodate a Davidoff lighter and cutter engraved with the “Year of the Ox” pattern. All the gold parts of the humidor are plated with gold 5 micro. 

The humidor contains 88 cigars that rest majestically on the cigar tray engraved with the ox symbol. The number 88 symbolizes fortune and good luck in Chinese culture. Tthe number 8 sounds similar to the word wealth in Mandarin and Cantonese. It is considered the luckiest number in Chinese culture. The shape of the Chinese character for 8, which starts narrow and gets wide towards the bottom, implies that a person will have a great and wide future. 

The unique humidor has been created for Davidoff by the luxury craft company Moevus in Virieu le Grand (France). The company possesses rare and unique know-how in the mastery of woodworking, marquetry, and varnishing. They are one of the prestigious labels of “Entreprises du Patrimoine vivant” as well as “Atelier d’art de France”. 


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