• 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.

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  • 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.

    This post was posted in General, Watch Winders

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

  • Unique Cigar Humidors

    Posted on March 18, 2009 by SwissTGallery

    While the cigar humidors you can purchase in most stores or online are standard boxes, there are some very unique humidors out there. Just like any collectable, some people have taken the traditional humidor and turned it into a work of art. While most of these humidors are in private collections, some do come up for sale at auctions. You can also often have a unique humidor made, although again, it will be quite expensive.

    Some of these cigar humidors are still simple boxes, but they've been decorated in unique ways. Some include the owner's initials or name etched on the lid. Others have designs burned into the lid. If you're looking to make a custom cigar humidor, this will be the most affordable.

    Another unique cigar humidor looks like a book. These humidors appear like a standard hard back novel, but when you open the book, it reveals your cigar collection. This type of humidor typically doesn't hold very many cigars, but it is a very classy, unique type of humidor that few people will own.

    Some cigar humidors are built as pyramids instead of square boxes. This design is somewhat traditional; however, one of the downsides of a pyramid humidor is that the upper shelves in the humidor are really too small do to much with, while getting to the more usable lower shelves can be difficult since you have to take out all of the shelves above them. However, these are unique looking humidors that can add a different look to your collection.

    Finally, there are the very expensive unique humidors. These humidors don't look like cigar humidors at all. One unique humidor, for example, has been made to look like the United States capital building. This humidor is almost two feet wide and two feet tall, making it a huge box. The details are incredible-each window is clearly visible, as are the support pillars and domes. These humidors are rarely found, and if you do see one for sale, you'll have to pay a lot of money for it.

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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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