Colibri was founded in 1928 by Julius Lowenthal in London, England. The company originally focused on producing fine Swiss-made pocket watches, but it soon expanded into manufacturing other luxury products, including lighters. The name “Colibri” is the Spanish word for “hummingbird,” symbolizing precision and attention to detail.
In the 1930s, Colibri introduced the world’s first semiautomatic lighter, which featured a single-action ignition mechanism that combined the functions of opening the lid and igniting the flame in one smooth motion. This design set the stage for the development of future lighter models.
During World War II, Colibri focused its manufacturing efforts on producing precision instruments for the military. After the war, the company returned to its luxury goods roots and continued to produce high-quality lighters.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Colibri lighters became associated with elegance and sophistication. The brand expanded its product range to include more designs and styles, catering to various tastes and preferences.
Colibri continued to innovate, introducing features like adjustable flame control, transparent fuel tanks, and integrated cigar cutters into their lighters. The brand’s commitment to quality and design led to collaborations with renowned artists and designers, further solidifying its status as a premium lighter brand.