Monthly Archives: February 2009

  • Wood Used in Cigar Humidors

    Posted on February 26, 2009 by SwissTGallery

    When it comes to making cigar humidors, three types of wood are generally used.  The most popular is Spanish cedar, but American/Canadian red cedar or Honduran mahogany can also be used.

    Spanish cedar is very popular in humidors for several reasons.  Because of its special scent, Spanish cedar is not appealing to tobacco worms.  This ensures that your cigars are well-protected.  The wood also has a high rate of humidity absorption.  This means that the climate inside the humidor will be very stable, and no mold will grow on the inside.  Spanish cedar also helps the cigar’s age and helps preserve the flavor and scent of the cigars.  Spanish cedar doesn’t actually come from Spain, as one would expect.  Instead, it is grown in Center and South America, especially Brazil.

    American or Canadian red cedar is another good choice for cigar humidors, although it does not absorb moister out of the air as well as Spanish cedar.  It also has a more intense scent to it.  However, red cedar is less expensive than Spanish cedar, allowing manufacturers to create more affordable cigar humidors.  True cigar aficionados, however, will not want to use red cedar for humidors if they plan on storing cigars for long periods of time because the cigars will pick up the wood’s strong flavor.

    Finally, Honduran mahogany is another popular wood.  It absorbs moister as well as Spanish cedar does, and it has less of an odor than either Spanish or American/Canadian cedar.  However, it does not repel worms as well and does not flavor the cigars as well as Spanish cedar does.


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  • Watch Winders as a Gift

    Posted on February 16, 2009 by SwissTGallery

    Finding the perfect gift can be difficult, but if you know someone who loves to collect watches, a watch winder may be the perfect gift.  However, there are some things you’ll need to know before you purchase a watch winder.  First, you’ll want to have an idea of how much money you want to spend.  Obviously, larger watch winders (those that hold more watches) will be more expensive.  You may think you need to buy a large watch winder to hold all of the watches your friend or relative owns, but that may not be the case.  For example, if you’re giving a watch winder to a relative who has several heirloom watches, you may want to buy them a watch winder specifically for those.  In that case, a two piece or four piece watch winder may be enough.

    If you are looking for a watch winder large enough to hold all of the watches your friend or relative owns, you first need to know exactly how many watches he or she has.  Then you can purchase a watch winder large enough.  If money is no object, you may even want to purchase a larger watch winder so your friend has room to enlarge his or her collection.

    Finally, if you’re planning on purchasing a large watch winder for your friend, be sure he or she has the space for it.  A 24 piece watch winder, for example, can take up a lot of room.  In fact, it is usually hung on the wall or sat on a table.  A 12 piece watch winder, likewise, is also pretty good size.


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  • Benefits of Buying Multiple Watch Winders

    Posted on February 8, 2009 by SwissTGallery

    When purchasing a watch winder, you may be tempted to by a large watch winder display—a twelve or 24 piece display, for example.  The benefit here is that you can display your entire watch collection in one place.  However, the downside is that these larger displays can take up a good amount of room.  In fact, the 24 piece watch winder is a very impressive display and looks fantastic.  On the other hand, there are some benefits to having smaller watch winder displays.

    One of the benefits of purchasing multiple watch winders to display your collection instead of one large watch winder cabinet is that you can split up your collection.  You can arrange a couple of smaller watch winder holders on a table or put them on several different book shelves.  You may want to set up your study to show off your collection, but you may want to display some of your watches in a different room.  For example, if you have a pair of watches you inherited from your father or grandfather, you may want to proudly display them on the mantle in your living room.  To do that, you might want to buy a two piece watch winder for those watches and a larger watch winder for the rest of your collection.

    Purchasing several small watch winders is also a great way of taking parts of your collection for display or trade.  You could always take your watches out of the winders and show them off that way, but they will look much nicer in a watch winder display.  Keeping them in a display will also make certain they don’t get dirty or damaged and that no one walks away with one of your watches.


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  • When it’s Time for a Good Cigar

    Posted on February 1, 2009 by SwissTGallery

    If you are a cigar smoker then you probably like to take your pleasures slowly and relish the feel of the leaves between your fingers. You'll be an expert at knowing that there are some things in life that need to be enjoyed and savored. If you smoke cigars then you will know the pleasure and contentment that comes from lighting up one of your nicest cigars at any special occasion. For those gentlemen who not only appreciate the aroma of their cigar, but make sure that they are stored correctly, there is nothing to equal a good humidor. You can pay a lot of money for a humidor but you don't have to. It is possible to get a top quality humidor in which to store your cigars, at a reasonable price.

    A good cigar humidor will have enough space for you to be able to store your cigars in your order of preference, and this is only possible when you have a humidor with separate drawers. You will probably want highly polished exterior that will look good on your desk or your side table. When you choose a humidor try to ensure that you get one with an interior that is designed to keep your cigar as fresh as the day that it was rolled. Buy one with a glass front if you want to keep your cigars fresh, yet on display to your visitors.

    If you are lucky enough to have an upscale automatic watch then you really should give it the care that it deserves with a top quality automatic watch winder. There are plenty of watch winders on the market but if you have a great watch then it makes sense to have the best kind of winder you can afford. There are plenty of winders on the market ranging from the very cheap, to the exorbitantly expensive. If you want to take care of your watch and have it looking good then get yourself a winder that is a mid-range price.

    Buy a watch case with a high gloss, poly urethane lacquer because it will act as a protective coating for your winder. Get one with a glass front and a plush interior so that you can show your watch off at its best. When you have a distinctive and elegant automatic watch then you should get a high quality, but affordable automatic watch winder.


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