The glittering, holographic Cohiba band that first appeared on the Cohiba Pirámides Extra two years ago will now adorn Cohiba's core line of cigars (Linea Clásica) as well as the Siglo Series (Linea 1492). Now a standard Cohiba band, this enhanced version takes some of its design elements from the Cohiba Behike and combines them with Cohiba's traditional yellow-and-black motif.
The holographic trademark Taino Indian head, embossed images and holographic gilded edges were all put into place as security measures to authenticate the brand and make it significantly more difficult to counterfeit, as Cohiba is one of the most counterfeited cigar brands in the world. These complex bands are made by Vrijdag Premium Printing in the Netherlands.
According to Habanos S.A., first shipments of Cohibas with the new bands should start going out in the next few weeks.
The Cohiba Clásica line consists of seven sizes: Esplendido, Robusto, Lancero, Corona Especiales, Panetela, Exquisito and Pirámides Extra. The Cohiba Linea 1492 counts six sizes in its portfolio: Siglo I to Siglo VI. All will have the updated band, however old bands and new bands will coexist in the market until the older stock gradually runs out.
The Cohiba Behike recently received an updated band as well. Although it was the first label to be printed with security holograms, Behike's recent upgrade included even more technologically sophisticated elements. The Cohiba Maduro 5 still retains its original band.
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