Some of the latest gadgets are ideas for completely new objects, performing new functions, and it is likely that we will see many in Milan during Design Week. Some of the latest concepts on the market seem outlandish and improbable, and some seem almost sadistic, such as the iQ alarm clock that, once it starts ringing, can only be stopped by solving a problem of logic. But there are some gadgets out there that don’t really do anything new: they just take an old function and do it differently, better, with more style.
The perfect example is the Emperador cigar chest by Imperiali Genève, a young Swiss company whose ambition is to reinvent existing objects at unprecedented levels of refinement. It comprises 2,675 components, and performs several functions. It can only be opened by entering a personal code into the LCD display, which is revealed by touching one of the nine touch buttons on the cover. Inside, there are 24 Grand Cru cigars kept in perfect conditions. The piece includes an automated cigar cutter, table lighter, intelligent ashtray, and a tourbillon timepiece. It costs exactly one million Swiss francs. www.imperiali-geneve.com