Luxury Watchmakers Partner with Premium Cigar Manufacturer For Unique Timepiece

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Hublot, a Swiss watchmaking manufacturer pays tribute to the 100-year anniversary of Arturo Fuente Cigars by making a unique timepiece in the company’s honor. This once-in-a-lifetime partnership has resulted in a limited edition piece that only few will be able to obtain, but one that thousands will aspire to have.

Luxury Watchmakers Partner with Premium Cigar Manufacturer

Luxury Watchmakers Partner with Premium Cigar Manufacturer

Fuente Cigars make one of the rarest and most sought after cigars in the world, the Opus X; just like Hublot makes some of the most luxurious and high-end watches in the world. That is why, in honor of the Fuente Cigar 100-year anniversary, Hublot created a watch called, “King Power Arturo Fuente” that reflects the history and elegance of the Fuente brand. It also reflects the Cuban family’s Latin roots and pays tribute to their beloved adopted home of the Dominican Republic.

The Fuente motto has always been “we will never rush the hands of time” when it comes to hand making a premium cigar; similarly, nobody knows “time” better than Hublot. The men at the head of each company, Carlito Fuente of Fuente Cigars and Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, share a similar philosophy in business and have formed a bond of friendship…and that is how the “King Power Arturo Fuente” was born!

The limited-edition timepiece will be available by the end of the year at Hublot boutiques around the world, including Santo Domingo, Bal Harbour, Atlanta, Las Vegas and more. It comes in a genuine cigar humidor developed specially by Hublot, which is a blend of Macassar ebony and carbon. In addition, there are 25 special edition OpusX cigars included within the case. The package will be in very high demand, as it is extremely limited, with only a few hundred for sale.

To understand the inspiration behind the exclusive timepiece, it is helpful to know the history of Arturo Fuente.

Let's go back to the mid-80s. Carlos Fuente Sr. was exploring an area near Santiago in the Dominican Republic, which bore a strange resemblance to the "Pinard del rio" valley, from where the legend of Cuban cigars sprang. He had the idea of growing tobacco plants there: but not just any plants, wrapper tobacco. Yes, wrapper tobacco in Santo Domingo. The whole industry took him for a madman. Be that as it may, he persisted and he succeeded. In a feat of farming, the tobacco emerging from Château de la Fuente is unique, boasting an exceptional power and wealth of aroma.

And while the vast majority of cigars comprise 5 tobacco leaves (wrapper, binder and 3 more leaves for filler), the Opus X has 9! Why, you might ask? Carlito's answer is simple: "So that in every puff, you will discover a surprise." In fact, every module is composed like a book, with its own introduction and chapters. However the Torcedores (the cigar makers) did not go along with this, and refused to make such cigars. Carlito had no hesitation; to make his dream come true, he created a school of Torcedores where he spent 10 months teaching his new recruits his vision of cigars.

In another successful feat, in 1992 the first Opus X emerged from Tabacalera Fuente, making it the first Dominican Puro (cigar deriving all its leaves from the same source). As the ultimate perfectionists, the Fuente family choose to "mature" them for at least 2 years before exporting, for the aromas of the various tobaccos to make a harmonious blend. What more is there to say, except that the whole world is latching onto the Opus X AND Hublot!

Photographs of the “King Power Arturo Fuente” timepiece and Launch event at the Hublot boutique in the Dominican Republic:

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