The scene is set: It is a cool evening, as you stand outside the ballroom of your latest black tie banquet. The stars peek through the sparse layer of clouds, and the night air is chilly, so you gallantly remove your jacket, placing it over the shoulders of the lady who joins you. Then you reach into your pocket and pull out the sterling silver monogrammed cigarette case, with your favorite gold tipped Sobranie cigarettes. You offer the lady one, and she takes one gratefully, thanking you. Everything else has been leading up to this moment. You lean forward to light her cigarette, and with a deft snap of your fingers, your cufflink, styled after the classic Dunhill lighters, bursts into flame. You can see the surprise in her eyes, but she maintains her composure, as the end of her cigarette glows red. You proceed to light your own, before deftly blowing out the lighter, and exhaling smoke that dissipates slowly in the night air. No words have been spoken, but that one look she gave you tells you all you need to know.
In the history of men, some have been effortlessly, and impossibly ‘cool’. Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Sean Connery, James Dean, Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood – all are on that list. Such infamy is within your grasp too; quite literally, with the vintage lighter cufflinks. Not since the invention of the cravat has a male accessory embodied refinement and elegance without being overstated. It is not the fact that they are refillable, or the fact that, at the same size as an average pair of cufflinks, they are subtle (which makes them so essential). It is the simple fact that with the snap of your fingers, you will be elevated to a status beyond your piers. Men will look at you with envy, women with lust and desire.
Be warned though, they may make you forget the inherent dangers in smoking.