Alfred Dunhill, the great signifier of British luxury, has resurrected its classic Unique Sports lighter model from the 1920s, reengineering it for the 21st century as a jet-flame torch. At first glance, the new Unique Turbo lighters are virtually identical to the original models that first appeared during the economic boom following WWI when both England and the U.S. were prime markets for high-end goods.
Historically accurate details like the horizontal flint tube and elongated snuff arm have been faithfully rendered, giving it the unmistakable elegance of proper Dunhill design. It even has the original windscreen around the base of the flame nozzle. Dunhill added the windscreen to its Unique Sports models nearly 100 years ago for better outdoor ignition.
The old lighters produced only soft, natural flames. These new models run on butane, and operation is quite easy—flick open the snuff arm and press down the flint tube to conjure a wind-resistant jet flame that reaches 1,500 degrees Celsius (2,732 degrees F).
The Unique Turbo is made in Switzerland from solid brass and is offered in two new finishes: the Black Lacquer has palladium- and gold-plated trim ($995) and the ET Diamond is palladium plated ($1,095) with an engine-turned diamond pattern flanked by brushed metal side panels. Both finishes come straight out of the archival Dunhill catalogs, putting all the quaintness and charm of a British period drama right in the palm of your hand.