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  • The Three Types of Watch Winders

    Posted on March 10, 2009 by SwissTGallery

    There are many different automatic watch winders available on the market today, but not all of them are the same.  While style and design do vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, what also varies is the overall type of watch winder. Watch winder companies generally categories their watch winders as strictly functional, very elegant, or simply extravagant.

    Functional watch winders simply keep your watched wound.  They are mostly simple devices that hold your watches.  Often, these functional watch winders don’t have a door or other cover—the watch sites right on the exterior of the winder.  This means you’ll need a table or shelf to put the winder on.  Some of these functional watch winders move watches around in patterns that resemble carousels or even carnival rides.  Generally, these are the cheapest automatic watch winders since they don’t provide any extra frills.

    Elegant watch winders, on the other hand, are a little fancier.  They are usually fully enclosed boxes, which mean your watches will be better protected and the device will look nicer overall.  They’re usually made of high quality, finished wood that gleams.  You can display these watch winders on a table or desk, and some of the most expensive ones even hang on the wall.  Elegant watch winders may hold as few as a couple watches or can hold a dozen or so.

    Finally, there’s the really extravagant automatic watch winder.  There are a number of different high-end watch winders, many of which feature a ton of extras.  Some actually have small heaters in them to keep the watches near the human body temperature.  Others have drawers for storing your watch accessories.  Many are hung on the wall and display your watches through glass doors.  If you don’t see a watch winder you like, you can even have one custom-made with any unique features you like.


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  • 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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  • An Introduction to Watch Winder Boxes

    Posted on November 23, 2008 by SwissTGallery

    Watch winder boxes are, as the name suggests, boxes that are used to keep automatic watches running. One reason to buy a watch winder box is so you can store a watch that is not worn regularly but will always be in working order should you need it. Everybody owning a quality self winding watch should buy a watch winder box store the watch and keep it “ticking” over.

    These watch winder boxes are usually made of wood and some have a glass side for viewing purposes. There are also some watch winder boxes that come with a rotating device for easy display of your watch.

    As mentioned, there are some watch winder boxes that are created from wood, while others come with a beautiful leather exterior. Average priced watch winder boxes though, are usually completely enclosed and cannot be used for viewing purposes. These boxes come with A/C or batteries to keep the winder functioning.

    The price range of watch winder boxes and cases vary according to the material that is used in its manufacture. In fact, most of them could appear rather expensive, but it’s an investment that is worth its function of maintaining a treasured watch in working order. There are even some cases that have built in storage units, while others have heating elements, which all leads to a more expensive watch winder box.

    The reason some watch winder boxes come with a heating element is to maintain a consistent temperature, comparable to that of the human body. The reason for this heat is that most of the self winding watches are meant for wrist wear. These watches therefore, should be maintained at body temperature while storing, to avoid any damage and deterioration to the watch.

    Watch winder boxes are a worthy investment for those having treasured family timepieces or exquisite timepieces that cannot be worn on a regular basis. With watch winder boxes, it is possible to maintain and preserve the watch to ensure a longer life to its owner. 


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  • Watch Winders - The Ideal Gift for Timepiece Collectors

    Posted on November 3, 2008 by SwissTGallery

    Many people collect fine watches. A great gift for them would be a watch winder in which they can display their collection.

    A watch winder is intended to store automatic watches. These watches use the natural motions of the wrist in order to stay wound. However, if they are not worn, these watches wind down within a few days. All their settings – day, date, time etc. – must then be reset.

    In order to prevent this, automatic watches should be stored in a watch winder. These are special cases with specific storage for each watch. A motor is used to rotate each watch to keep it wound.

    Watch winders are also conversation pieces. It is fascinating to look at a watch winder rotating multiple watches, keeping them each in working order. A watch winder is also an excellent choice for displaying multiple fine timepieces. There are models that display single watches but also, two, four, six, eight and even 12 or 24 watches. These watch winders are the mark of a true collector.

    Look for a high-quality watch winder designed to protect its wares. It should have a well-lined interior designed to display the watch to its best advantage. The exterior should have a protective coating designed to prevent dents and nicks. The winder motor should operate at intervals to keep the watches wound but not over-wound.

    People who have become successful enough to have a collection of fine watches would enjoy having a place in which to display them all. Why not consider a gift of a high-quality watch winder?


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  • How to Choose a Gift Jewelry Box

    Posted on October 30, 2008 by SwissTGallery

    A jewelry box is a perfect gift idea for any woman. Here is what to look for in a fine jewelry box.

    Quality workmanship is very important. Jewelry boxes found in discount stores are nice, but sooner or later the poor quality will show: Doors will fall off. The finish will be easily scratched. The lining will come out. By spending a little extra for a high-quality jewelry box, you will be assured that the piece will last for a long time.

    Consider the recipient's needs. Does she own a lot of earrings? Then invest in a jewelry box in which she can assign each pair its own special slot so she can find them easily. Does she have a lot of pieces of sentimental value? Then give her a jewelry box with lots of small drawers so she can give each one a place of honor.

    Consider the décor of the room. Jewelry boxes come in many finishes. Choose one that fits the décor of room in which it will be stored. Also, consider how compact the box should be. If she does not have a lot of space on her dressing table, she would appreciate a jewelry box that closes up to fit a smaller space.

    Make sure the lining of the jewelry box is secure. The lining is intended to prevent the jewelry from becoming scratched and tarnished. Make sure the lining is securely in place.

    Look for added features: A mirror is nice to allow her to check the effect of each piece as she puts it on. Necklace hooks allow her to prevent chains from dangling.

    A jewelry box is a beautiful gift that will give her pleasure for many years to come. Be sure to buy a high-quality box that will last.


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  • How to Select a Humidor

    Posted on October 26, 2008 by SwissTGallery

    A humidor is an excellent gift for a cigar aficionado. Here are some gifts for selecting one.

    A humidor stores cigars at the correct humidity level in order to improve their flavor. If a cigar is too humid, it becomes mushy. If it is too dry, the cigar becomes brittle. A cigar should not be stored in the cigar box it came in. Instead, it should be stored in a humidor.

    The first thing to consider is how often the person smokes cigars or gives them to friends. Small boxes that store fewer than 100 cigars are readily available for less than $100. Humidors that hold more than 300 cigars are also available for not much more.

    A good humidor should have a hygrometer to ensure optimal conditions. It should also have built-in humidifiers and scratch-resistant felt liners. The interior should be made of cedar or some other aromatic wood. The cigars will pick up the scent of the surrounding wood and thus taste even better.

    There are humidors with windows and display shelves. These are ideal for those who enjoy the differences between cigars. On the other hand, a plain wooden box makes an elegant way to present a fine cigar to a guest. Those who have a flair for the unusual may enjoy a pyramid-shaped humidor rather than the usual rectangular box.

    A humidor adds a touch of elegance to any man's study. He will appreciate the ability to store his valued collection in an attractive, durable unit intended specifically for his treasures.


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  • Storage Units Are Excellent Gifts for Collectors

    Posted on October 23, 2008 by SwissTGallery

    Many people collect things. For gift-giving occasions, it may be hard to know what items they already have. Instead consider giving them gifts to store their collection, such as a jewelry box, humidor or watch winder.

    Giving a storage gift shows that the giver understands how much the recipient values his or her collection. Each piece of the collection can be displayed in optimal conditions and protected from harm. For example, a humidor attractively displays fine cigars and keeps them in perfect condition until it is time to smoke them.

    A storage gift also lends an aura of prestige to a collection. Rather than just leaving a fine watch on a dresser drawer, it should be displayed in a glass-enclosed case so that it can be appreciated.

    A storage unit also keeps collections organized. Jewelry collectors appreciate having a special drawer in which to store a particularly valued piece. Earring pairs can be stored together and necklaces can be hung without tangles.

    Of course, these concepts work for other collections as well: stamps, coins, dolls etc. For each, the collector would enjoy having a high-quality storage unit which protects the piece while allowing people to admire it.

    In choosing a storage gift, consider how large the collection is and the décor of the room in which it will be stored. Get a unit large enough so that the recipient can add more pieces.

    It is well worth spending a few extra dollars for a storage unit to house a special collection. The collector will appreciate such a thoughtful gift that allows his or her collection to grow.

     


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