The third annual Tobacco Business Awards ceremony were held at an exclusive invite-only in Las Vegas on Jan. 30, 2020. The awards were held in conjunction with the 2020 Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) at Club 101, located within the Sahara Las Vegas with close to 300 premium tobacco retailers, manufacturers and media in attendance.
The Tobacco Business Awards were designed to recognize exceptional and outstanding entrepreneurs, businesses and brands operating within the cigar industry. To reflect the diverse businesses and products that makeup the industry, other categories such as accessories, mass-market products, retailers and franchises are also recognized at the awards. This year’s awards were rolled out differently than those in previous years as the nomination phase was opened up to the entire industry–retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and consumers–and a group of finalist were voted on from Nov. 1-Dec. 31, 2019. By the time the final vote was cast, nearly 11,000 individuals had cast their vote for 11 different categories. One award, the Hugo Chairman Award which is named after Kretek International’s chairman Hugh Cassar, was chosen by the magazine’s staff and a select number of industry insiders.
All three breath-taking variants rest on the famed Classic Fusion 45mm case. One of the models basks in King Gold, a unique alloy Hublot has created by combining gold and titanium. Swept in the rare metal, the case is engraved with a drawing of tobacco leaves, while the bezel bears the letter X, the emblem of the Fuente family. The caseback features an illustration that reminds of Guines, the Cuban town where the Fuente family started. “Château de la Fuente” marks the watch, which is available in only 50 pieces.
Arturo Fuente has shipped the last of the lines it developed to commemorate its 100th anniversary. The Don Arturo Aniversario Destino al Siglo, packaged in book-shaped boxes of 26, is available in three sizes: Pasion ($17.72 each, $460.70 per box), Familias ($16.59 each, $431.44 per box), and Amore ($16.31 each, $424.12 per box). The company’s 100th anniversary was last year, but delays resulting from a fire and other issues pushed this final commemorative release back a bit. Different retailers have been receiving different vitolas, so check in with your local tobacconist to find out not only whether the cigars are available, but also which sizes they have in stock.