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  • How to buy a Wooden Cigar Humidor

    Posted on May 26, 2009 by SwissTGallery

    For every cigar collector, whether they are a novice or master, the purchase of the cigar humidor is one of the most important decisions to be made.  For those just starting with their cigar collection this may be a very daunting task.  Here are some helpful tips to consider when choosing your wooden cigar humidor.  The first thing to decide is what type of humidor you need; will you need to store twenty cigars or three-hundred cigars, better to figure that out early.  It should be large enough to hold all of your cigars loosely, if you plan on storing more then one type of cigar then look for one with dividers to protect the taste.  Once you know the size you need, you are good to go picking out a wooden cigar humidor that suits you and the environment meant to be it's home.  You can find exceptional wooden cigar humidors for affordable prices, so save your money for what really counts, the cigars.

    This post was posted in General, Cigar Humidors

  • Collecting Wooden Cigar Humidors

    Posted on May 20, 2009 by SwissTGallery

    Many people collect cigars, but there are some people out there who enjoy collecting wooden cigar humidors as well. These people often actually enjoy the humidors more than they do smoking the cigars. They will go out of their way to find some of the most unique humidors out there. If you’re one of these people, here are some tips for finding really neat wooden cigar humidors for sale.

    First, you may want to pick up the basic humidors: while standard, square humidors may not appeal to you, you may enjoy the pyramid shaped ones. These are interesting containers that look pretty neat in just about any room. They’re also more widely available than other, more unique wooden cigar humidors, so you should be able to find one pretty easily and for a reasonable price.

    If you like more unique humidors, though, you’ll have to search them out. These can include cigar humidors shaped like famous landmarks or decorated in an unusual way. Some may even be made out of special wood, although you have to be careful that these won’t disrupt the smell or flavor of the cigars you store in them. Finding these wooden cigar humidors for sale can be difficult, though. You will rarely find them at traditional humidor stores. Instead, you’ll need to look in more unusual places, such as estate sales and antique stores.

    Other great places to search for wooden cigar humidors that are a bit out of the ordinary include small, local cigar stores and the internet. The smaller, locally-ran cigar stores sometimes have different items than the larger stores do. The internet, too, is a great place to find unique items. You may find these on an online auction site, or you may find a fellow collector who is selling his collection.

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

  • Availability of Watch Winders Today

    Posted on May 18, 2009 by SwissTGallery

    When it comes to hobbies, some seem to be enjoyed by just about everyone, but some seem to be only enjoyed by just a few. Collecting watches is one of the latter—it seems like there are very few people who collect watches. Some who do seem to only care about displaying the family watches they’ve inherited instead of expanding their collection. In addition to it being difficult to find other watch aficionados, it can be quite difficult to find places to purchase watch winder accessories and displays.

    Finding an automatic watch winder can be somewhat difficult if you don’t know where exactly to look. Most likely, you won’t be able to find one at a local department store. You’ll need to look around for a specialty shop. You may not even be able to find an automatic watch winder at a specialty cabinet shop, however. If that’s the case, it’s time to start searching in a few other places.

    One is an antiques store. These stores often carry watches and the displays for them. There’s a chance you’ll even get a very good deal on an older automatic watch winder. There’s also a chance, however, that the antiques dealer will have priced the winder for more than it’s worth.

    If that’s the case, you may want to look online for your automatic watch winder. This is, in fact, probably the best place to search. You’ll find some online stores that sell brand new watch winders, and you may find some older winders on an auction site. Again, these auction sites could result in a great bargain, or they may be priced too high. Do some shopping around and find the best deal.

    This post was posted in Watch Winders and was tagged with automatic watch winders, watch winders

  • How to Season your Wooden Cigar Humidor

    Posted on May 11, 2009 by SwissTGallery

    So you just procured your wooden cigar humidor and now you are ready to start seasoning your cigars.  The first and most important step is very important and it is, do not put your cigars in it.  That is right an unseasoned humidor can actually ruin your precious cigars, the same is true of an old humidor.  The reason for this is that the very special wood inside of the humidor is actually a crucial part of the humidification process, and before the wooden humidor is properly seasoned it can actually pull the moisture out of your cigars, of course not what you had in mind.  Not to worry there are some easy steps you can take to season your wooden cigar humidor that will have it ready to go in very little time.

    The first step to seasoning your humidor is to wipe down the interior with a clean unscented sponge or cloth using distilled water.  It is important to use distilled water for this part of the process as it protects your investment from impurities.  Using the distilled water and the sponge or cloth carefully wipe down all of the interior wood of your humidor.  After you are done take the sponge or cloth, making sure it is not overly saturated and place it on a piece of cellophane or plastic bag inside the humidor.  Be careful not to let it directly touch any of the wood.  Now, sponge or cloth in place, fill up your humidification device to the manufacturers specifications and insert it in your wooden cigar humidor.  Close the humidor lid and let it sit for twenty-four hours.  After twenty-four hours have passed repeat the entire process except do not leave your sponge and cloth inside of the humidor this time.  The next day when you come back to your humidor it should be ready for cigars, make sure that you can not feel any dampness on the interior wood before adding your cigars.

    So by following these simple steps you can season your new wooden cigar humidor for use in forty-eight hours.  This process will help ensure that you get the most out of your investment and can enjoy it’s benefit for years to come.

    This post was posted in Cigar Humidors and was tagged with cigar, Cigar Humidors, humidors, wooden humidor

  • Travel Humidors Allow You to Have a Great Cigar Anywhere

    Posted on April 26, 2009 by SwissTGallery

    Smoking a great cigar in your own home is easy.  You just go to your humidor and remove your cigar.  However, if you’re traveling, it can be a bit more difficult.  Sure, you can put cigars in a cigar box, but they’re no longer as protected from the elements, and they’re no longer kept at that perfect temperature and humidity.  However, there are a number of travel humidors you can purchase that guarantee your cigars will be kept at the perfect temperature and ready for you to smoke. All of these travel humidors are, of course, waterproof, and all of them are designed to keep your cigars fresh and ready to smoke for weeks at a time.

    When selecting a travel humidor, there are several things you must take into consideration.  The first is use.  If you’re going to be taking many week-long or longer trips, you may want a travel humidor that can hold a number of cigars.  One of the largest travel humidors you’ll find holds around 100 cigars, but you most likely won’t need that large of one.  You’ll find many travel humidors that hold 30 cigars, and that’s usually about right for most people who travel a lot.

    There are actually many smaller travel humidors that can be used for various things.  There are some that only hold two or five cigars.  These small travel humidors are designed for the man on the go.  Many take them out to the club or to the golf course so they can have a smoke while relaxing.  For those who love their golf and their cigars, these small travel humidors are a great investment.

    This post was posted in General, Cigar Humidors and was tagged with cigar, cigar humidor, travel humidor

  • Wooden Cigar Humidors and Spanish Cedar

    Posted on April 21, 2009 by SwissTGallery

    When it comes to purchasing a cigar humidor, most of your selections will be out of wood.  You’ll find that there are a variety of different woods out there for you to choose from, but the best wooden cigar humidors, according to many collectors, are those made from Spanish cedar.  There are several reasons Spanish cedar is the wood of choice of humidors.

    First, this wood, especially the Spanish cedar grown in North America, is known for its very distinctive and unique fragrance.  In fact, this fragrance makes Spanish Cedar a popular wood for many other projects and items, not just humidors.  It’s interesting to note, however, that Spanish cedar isn’t actually a cedar tree at all—it’s a deciduous tree, but the oil found within the tree has a very “cedary” smell.

    Spanish cedar not only smells great but it looks great.  While the wood will vary in color depending on the soil conditions it was grown it, it generally has red or pink colored heartwood that slowly darkens when exposed.  This eventually results in reddish brown or purple tone that looks gorgeous when oiled and stained.  When used for a wooden cigar humidor, make certain the Spanish cedar is of the non-weepy variety.  If not, you may find that the wood is very high in sap, which can cause some issues as wooden cigar humidors are heated.  However, even if you do purchase a wooden cigar humidor that only includes non-weepy Spanish cedar, you may still notice some leaky sap.  This is normal and should be cleaned up right away.  It is possible to remove all sap from the wood, but experts agree that this sap is part of what makes Spanish cedar wooden cigar humidors have such a great smell and flavor.

    This post was posted in General, Cigar Humidors and was tagged with cigar, cigar care, cigar humidor

  • Watch Winders for Women

    Posted on April 17, 2009 by SwissTGallery

    Many people think that collecting watches is a man’s hobby, and for the most part, they would be correct.  More men collect wrist watches than women, but that doesn’t mean there are no women who are into the hobby.  In fact, there are.  Some women, though, don’t actively collect watches, but they do own a watch that needs winding.  For these women, there are some specially made watch winders that look a bit more feminine.

    Serious female wrist watch collectors will, of course, want the more professional, serious looking watch winders.  They will probably need the larger watch winders, too, which are usually only made in one style.  These smaller, more feminine watch winders often only hold one or two watches since they’re aimed at the amateur who isn’t looking to expand her collection.

    What makes these watch winders look more feminine?  Well, they’re generally available in colors, for one.  They’re not just the standard wooden watch winders.  Instead, they’re often covered in fabric.  This fabric can be anywhere from white, black, or brown to brighter colors like red, blue, and even pink.  Some also look softer—they’re not as boxy or have as many edges.

    Just because these watch winders don’t look the same as standard watch winders doesn’t mean they don’t work as well.  These watch winders work just as well as any other watch winder you’ll find.  They’re guaranteed to keep your own watches wound up or protect those precious family heirloom watches that you want to keep in perfect condition.

    This post was posted in General, Watch Winders and was tagged with automatic watch winder, automatic watch winders

  • Finding Automatic Watch Winders for Sale

    Posted on April 10, 2009 by SwissTGallery

    There’s no denying it: automatic watch winders can be very expensive, especially if you’re looking for large, quality watch winders.  Anything that holds over about four watches is going to be very costly, but if your collection has grown to that size, you’re going to want to protect it.  The trick here is to watch for automatic watch winders for sale.  While it’s not something that’s common, if you’re diligent, you may find the perfect automatic watch winder for you that do not cost that much.

    If you know of a store that sells automatic watch winders, watch for specials.  Sometimes, they will over-order and have items on sale.  This often happens after the holidays, in fact, and that’s a great time to grab a new automatic watch winder.  Likewise, if the store is going out of business, you’ll most likely be able to get a great deal.

    If you don’t mind purchasing a used automatic watch winder, you can often get a very good deal.  Simply watch the classifieds in your local paper or, better yet, go online and search for watch winders for sale.  There are many websites out there devoted to classified ads, and some of them are surely to have watch winders for sale.  You can also visit websites dedicated to automatic watch winders and inquire as to whether or not anyone is selling off their collection and their watch winders.

    The internet, in general, can be a great place to find automatic watch winders for sale.  Often, websites sell items, watch winders included, for less than physical stores do because there are fewer expenses (no shipping merchandise to stores and paying employees, for example).  Because of this, the internet may be your best bet when it comes to finding automatic watch winders for sale.

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  • Features of an Automatic Watch Winder

    Posted on March 29, 2009 by SwissTGallery

    When it comes to purchasing an automatic watch winder, there are several things you need to pay attention to. The size of the watch winder, while important, is not the only factor in deciding which one to purchase. There are other things you should take into consideration.

    The first is the motor. Many watch winders feature a loud motor that you can hear whenever you're in the room. This can be especially disruptive if you keep your watch collection in your home office or library. The constant noise can be enough to drive you crazy. These loud motors are a sign of an inefficient, cheaply built watch winder. If you're OK with this loud noise, then you can save a bit of money and buy a cheap winder. However, if you're a true collector, you want a watch winder that is well-built, and that includes a quiet motor. This will mean paying a bit more, of course, but the silence may be well worth it.

    Some watch winder motors also only move in one direction. This means the motion is somewhat repetitive, and this repetitive motion can actually cause extra wear on a watch's winding mechanism. If you'll be constantly keeping a watch in the winder (which you shouldn't do-you should wear a watch at least once a week), you'll want a watch winder that includes a variable direction motor.

    You may also want to purchase a watch winder with a timer. This allows you to set the watch winder to only operate for an hour or so, then stop for several hours. This insures that your watches will not be over-wound. You can also purchase watch winders that run off of alternative power sources-some can run on both batteries and on AC power. Keep all of these features in mind when you're looking to purchase a watch winder and you won't be disappointed.

    This post was posted in General, Watch Winders and was tagged with automatic watch winder, watch winder

  • Watch Winders and Turns per Day

    Posted on March 24, 2009 by SwissTGallery

    If you're looking to purchase a watch winder, you may hear the term turns per day, or TPD. Some watch winder salesmen may swear by turns per day, but it's really just a rough guideline. Basically, turns per day is the absolute minimum turns necessary to wind a watch from being completely unwound to being fully wound. However, watches set in a watch winder should not be constantly would, and it doesn't always need to be would 100% all the time.

    Watch winders don't all work the same way, of course. The number of turns one watch winder needs to wind up a watch may be completely different from the number of turns another winder needs. Because of this, turns per day can't really be used to directly compare different types of watch winders. It can, however, be used to tell how efficient each type of watch winder is. Some winders may actually do too many turns per day for your watches.

    There's no set number of turns per day that you should look for. Instead, you should take into account how much movement is necessary to keep the watch at least partially wound. You don't want it to run completely down, but at the same time, it's not necessary to keep a watch 100% wound, either. Generally, you want a winder that will use the least number of turns necessary to wind up a watch. This will avoid overstressing the winding mechanism and causing unnecessary wear and tear on the watch's movement mechanism.

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