Monthly Archives: December 2008

  • Different Types of Watch Winders

    Posted on December 26, 2008 by SwissTGallery

    There are several different types of watch winders. Beyond these different types, each type of watch winder can be purchased to hold either one watch or a larger number. There are even some automatic watch winders that can hold up to 24 different watches. While most people probably don’t have that many watches, watch collectors may need to invest in one of these large watch winders.

    Beyond size, what kind of watch winders is there? There are three different types: functional, elegant, and extravagant.

    Functional watch winders are smallish boxes or cases that usually need to be kept on a table or a shelf. The watch fits into the watch winder’s padded, raised surface. Once in place, the watch winder turns the watch every now and then in a way that simulates human arm movement. This keeps the watch running.

    An elegant watch winder does more than just keep a watch running. These watch winders are, as the name suggests, fancier than functional watch winders. They’re usually a completely enclosed box and are made out of nice wood or leather. These watch winders can be set on a table, desk, or shelf. Those that only hold a few watches can be placed inside a drawer or in a safety deposit box for security.

    Finally, extravagant watch winders are absolute luxurious. These winders keep your watches running, provide heaters to keep your watches at body temperature, feature drawers for storing other items, and more. Extravagant watch winders are really only for the high-end collector since they are very expensive.

    Most new collectors will go for functional watch winders, while those who have spent some time building up their collection may want to spend a bit more money and go for the incredibly nice extravagant winders.   

    This post was posted in Watch Winders and was tagged with watch box, watch care, watch cases

  • What is a Cigar Humidor?

    Posted on December 21, 2008 by SwissTGallery

    If you don’t smoke cigars regularly or are just getting into the habit, you may not know what a cigar humidor is. Basically, it’s a small box (or it can be a room, but only the biggest cigar collectors actually big a room-sized cigar humidor) that keeps a constant humidity and sometimes temperature. These boxes are used to keep cigars and pipe tobacco at a constant humidity so that they are fresh and keep their scent. Humidors, both box and room-sized ones, use a hygrometer to read the humidity level inside the box.

    There are several different types of small humidors. The first is a table humidor. It can usually hold up to between 300 and a thousand cigars. While a table humidor is very heavy, it is possible to use one as a portable humidor. Table humidors generally have a polished wooded exterior accented with marble or leather.

    A personal humidor is really what a casual cigar smoker would want. These humidors can only hold around 100 to 250 cigars. Since most casual smokers may not have that many cigars, a personal humidor can often be the only humidor needed since there will always be space in it for new cigars.

    If you travel a lot or have a very small cigar collection, you may want to purchase a travel humidor. Travel humidors can carry up to around 50 or so cigars. They’re lighter than both table and personal humidors so you can more easily take them with you wherever you go.

    All of these humidors keep the inside humidity between 65 and 75% relative humidity. The more cigars inside the humidor, the slower the humidity will drop.   

    This post was posted in Cigar Humidors and was tagged with cigar care, cigars, humidors

  • What is a Watch Winder?

    Posted on December 16, 2008 by SwissTGallery

    Many people have probably never heard of a watch winder. Only those who collect watches really know what a watch winder is. Basically, it keeps any self winding watch running when it’s not being used as an every day time piece. Self winding watches wind themselves via a moving weight. This weight is rotated by the movement of the arm while the watch is being worn. However, when it’s not being worn, the watch can quickly run down.

    To avoid this, watches can be placed in a watch winder. A watch winder can hold one or more watches and keep them all running while they aren’t being worn. It does this by moving the watch in a circular motion. This keeps the weight inside the watch moving just as if the watch was being worn.

    While you may be afraid of over-winding your watch, it’s not possible. Automatic watches have a small mechanism that automatically stops the weight from moving, thus keeping it from over-winding. This way, you can leave your watches in your watch winder for as long as you want without worrying about causing them any damage. Actually, only about 30 minutes of movement is necessary to keep an automatic watch wound. After that, the weight is locked in place.

    You don’t absolutely need to purchase a watch winder unless you have multiple automatic watches. If you wear only one watch at a time and aren’t worried about your older automatic watches running down, then you may not need a watch winder. However, if you’re going to collect automatic watches and want them all keeping time, you’ll need to invest in some watch winders.

    This post was posted in Watch Winders and was tagged with watch boxes, watches

  • Jewelry Boxes Make a Great Gift

    Posted on December 8, 2008 by SwissTGallery

    If you’re looking for a great gift for your wife, girlfriend, mother, sister, or any woman, really, you may want to consider purchasing a jewelry box. There are a variety of different types of jewelry boxes available, though, and it may be hard to tell which one your special someone would like.

    To help you select a jewelry box, you need to know a little bit about the person you plan on giving it to. It helps to know how much jewelry she has and what type she has. If she has a lot of necklaces, for example, you’ll want to get a jewelry box that includes a section to hang them. While necklaces can be put in any jewelry box, they do tend to get tangles up with one another unless they’re hung. Some jewelry boxes, likewise, contain more ring holders or larger separated sections to hold bigger broaches or pieces of jewelry.

    There are other options you may want to consider as well. Some jewelry boxes feature mirrors on the lid, allowing the woman to see how necklaces or earrings look when worn. Some feature fold-out sections, while others use mostly drawers. Another good thing to know is if the person you intend to give the jewelry box to travels a lot. If so, you might want to look for a jewelry box that is fairly small and closes securely. There are some jewelry boxes specifically made for travel, although some jewelry boxes can be used as a mobile jewelry box even if they aren’t specifically made for travel.

    No matter what type of jewelry box you settle on, she’s sure to enjoy having extra room to store her jewelry, and of course she will appreciate the time and thought you put into selecting the perfect jewelry box for her.

    This post was posted in Jewelry Boxes and was tagged with boxes, jewelry care, jewelry cases

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