Zino Davidoff's guiding principal - “Smoke less, but smoke the best” - made a cult of it, a philosophy. The tobacco, the very best tobacco, would be the central theme throughout his life. His father Henri came from a family of bona fi de “Harmandgis” - specialists working from home, selecting and blending a wide variety of oriental tobaccos.
Born in Kiev in 1906, Zino Davidoff and his family moved from Russia to Geneva, where Davidoff senior opened a tobacco shop on the Boulevard des Philosophes. After leaving school in 1924, Zino set out for Central America. To Argentina, Brazil and of course, Cuba. It was during this five-year stay in Latin America that he learned the art of tobacco manufacturing. Cultivation, drying, curing, blending and tasting.
After returning to Switzerland in 1929, he opened a special cigar department in his father's shop in Geneva, where he built a special cigar ?cave? in which to store cigars, the fi rst cigar humidor of its kind in Europe.
The Story Of A Davidoff Humidor
Like good wine, fine cigars must be stored under optimum conditions in order to preserve their outstanding aroma as long as possible. To achieve this, both humidity and temperature must remain constant, and the cigars must be protected against light and the intrusion of unwelcome odors. Which is why the serious smoker takes pride in owning a Davidoff Cigar Humidor.
For perfect storage, Zino Davidoff invented the humidor many years ago, a case with an integrated humidity regulator.
In 1965, Zino Davidoff began collaborating with a cabinet-maker from Ste. Croix, a village in Switzerland's Jura mountains famous throughout the world for its music boxes and master cabinet-makers. In those early years, only a few of these cigar lover's treasures were made and sold at Davidoff's shop in Geneva. During the past 30 years, Davidoff has perfected its range of unparalleled humidors. Now in the hands of third generation craftsmen, the workshop, since mid 2005 in La Chaux-de-Fonds in the Jura mountains, is still Davidoff's exclusive manufacturer of humidors.