Savinelli has been fashioning pipes since 1948, and the Savinelli name has been associated with pipes and tobacco since 1876 in Italy when Achille Savinelli Sr. opened one of the first smoking shops. Throughout the decades, Savinelli has maintained a shape chart that beautifully blends traditional pipe shapes with those of more Italian-neoclassic character, and the Italian marque offers an array of series that range from reserved finishes and conservative color palettes to those of particularly avant-garde themes and whimsical arrangements. No matter one's stylistic preferences, Savinelli caters to the traditionalist and modernist alike and never fails to remain relevant with numerous new releases on an annual basis. For 2021, the historic Italian manufacturer welcomes six new lines to its portfolio: Arlecchino, Bacco, Bamboo, Camouflage, Collection 2021, and Lime.
In Italian, arlecchino translates to "harlequin" and refers to a specific dramatic role common in commedia dell'arte, an early form of professional theater originating in Italy around the 16th century. The arlecchino character was a comedic servant known for its physical agility and would often perform nimble, acrobatic stunts on stage even during the most mundane of tasks. Unlike other characters in a play, the arlecchino rarely contributed to the development of the plot but nonetheless was instrumental in the pacing and comedic entertainment of the performance. Savinelli's Arlecchino pays homage to this artful archetype in this new series. The line is defined by a singular shape, the "111 KS" Billiard, and limited to only 1,000 total pipes. Each piece is finished in either a smooth, natural stain or a dark rustication, both paired to a technicolor mouthpiece of mosaic patterning that calls to mind the colorful, checkered costume worn by the traditional arlecchino.
$128 - $156
Savinelli's Bacco series pays tribute to Bacchus, Roman god of the grape harvest, wine, ritual madness, fertility, theater, and just about all things associated with raucous parties. In Roman culture, wine and the grapes that produce it were viewed not only as gifts from the god, but also as symbolic representations of him on Earth. In Savinelli's homage to the deity and all Italian red wines, a shimmering Bordeaux-colored mouthpiece emulates the historic imbibement — paired to either a smooth, natural stain or a rugged, burgundy-hued rustication, with bright metal bands accenting the stem base.
$116 - $156
Virgin-finished pipes are beloved by pipe smokers for their natural color palette and patinating ability, the briar gradually darkening with character as the pipe is smoked. Savinelli is no stranger to such a presentation, offering a number of virgin-finished pieces in the Italian marque's Riccio, Cocco, Ghibli, Noce, and Spinosa lines, all with distinct textures and color palettes. Joining that selection this year is the Bamboo series, presenting pipes in a uniquely rusticated texture that emulates the look of the line's namesake. A caramel-hued acrylic mouthpiece completes the aesthetic, with a pale-green accent ring modeled after the color of bamboo's leaves.
While Savinelli offers a number of series that embody traditional pipe design with reserved finishes and conservative color palettes, the Italian marque is also known for its playful aesthetics and distinctly creative presentations. The Camouflage line ranks as one of Savinelli's most avant-garde and non-traditional series: The stummels are finished in rather classic treatments — a smooth, mahogany stain or a dark rustication — and each pipe is fitted to an acrylic mouthpiece of mottled green, brown, black, and cream, blending in with foliage and fitting in with the line's moniker, all accented by trim, chrome rings. Such a combination beautifully blends Savinelli's traditional and modern approaches to pipe making, resulting in a pipe that's aesthetically striking and handsomely rustic.
$104 - $124
Since 1985, Savinelli's limited-edition Collection series has featured a brand new, singular shape, one which is permanently retired at the end of the year's run, and 2012 saw the introduction of both smooth and sandblasted finishes within the Collection line. No matter the finish, though, Savinelli's Collection pipes prioritize superb grain and come complete with their own presentation box. For 2021, Savinelli designates a robustly proportioned bent Billiard as the year's defining shape, featuring a hearty, deep-chambered bowl paired to an elegantly arching shank-and-stem combination. The shank displays a triangular cross section, a signature Savinelli design element, with the shank's subtle ridgelines seamlessly integrated into the shaping of the gently downturned, tapered stem. It's available in four finish options: Natural, of which only 62 total pipes were fashioned, smooth Brown, Sandblasted, and Sandblasted with a smooth rim.
$304 - $544
Savinelli's Lime series fits in well with the Italian marque's thematic line of pipes inspired by various types of food. Much like the pipes of the Miele and Vaniglia lines, which feature chambers coated with the sweet flavor of the lines' namesakes, Savinelli's Lime pipes are characterized by a lime-infused chamber coating to provide a flavorful break-in period. Furthering the fruit theme, these pieces are finished in a light brown stain fitted to a bright yellow, acrylic stem accented by a pair of trim, lime-green bands. Completing the aesthetic, they each come in their own special, vibrant green and yellow pipe box, with lime slices playfully covering the lid.
Whether invigorating your collection with the zest of Lime, appreciating natural beauty with the Bamboo, admiring colorful artistry with the Arlecchino, or unobtrusively observing your world with the Camouflage, there's a bacchanalia for every taste from Savinelli. Explore the entire array of new 2021 Savinelli pipes on site now.