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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.


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

  • 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

  • Tips for Looking After Your Jewelry Box

    Posted on November 28, 2008 by SwissTGallery

    A jewelry box is used to provide protection for your precious jewelry. However, it is only if you manage to keep your jewelry box intact and in good condition that it will work in doing the job it was meant to, i.e. protecting all your rings, bracelets and necklaces from dust and dirt.

    It is important that you not only clean your jewelry but also your jewelry box to make it stand the test of time. Remember that it is the jewelry box that gets exposed to dirt, sunlight and other elements and this can lead to the tarnishing of the jewelry box. It is only by cleaning and polishing the box regularly that you will be able to keep it beautiful for many years to come.

    Make it a point to dust the jewelry box on a regular basis or whenever you clean the house. By dusting the jewelry box you protect your precious jewelry as it prevents dust from entering the box through its seams and openings.

    If you have a wooden jewelry box, you could also polish it periodically. This is because as wood loses its luster with time, so polishing it gives a longer lasting patina. All you need is a simple wood cleaner to polish the wooden jewelry box. However, depending on the wood, you could also polish the box using specific wood cleaners that give the best shine to the box.

    Besides dusting and polishing the jewelry box, you have to ensure that it is kept in a safe place away from sunlight and water to maintain its beauty and style. Even placing the box on a window subjects it to sunlight, so avoid this. Similarly, keep the box away from the splashing water of the bathroom sink or bath as it can leave unattractive marks and stains on the jewelry box.

    By taking all these precautions, your jewelry box will last longer to help keep your jewelry safe and clean for a longer time.


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

  • 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. 


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

  • Tips To Find the Best Watch Winders

    Posted on November 17, 2008 by SwissTGallery

    Watch winders can also be used for protecting expensive, exquisite watches as well as those watches that are part of a family heirloom. There are different types of watch winder boxes available today, which you can choose and buy, depending on the material it is made of, its additional features and of course, your budget.

    Like all products, people always look for a watch winder with maximum features, at minimal rates. In addition to these factors, people look for the warranty term before buying a watch winder box, as it determines the reliability of the box.

    Today, there are different types of watch winder boxes available. They are made from metal, wood or plastic, and some come with advanced features that are found in the expensive watch winding devices.

    The different features found in watch winder boxes involve cushioned interior surfaces, standard winding mechanism, a mechanism that firmly secures the watch and polished exteriors that improve the look of the watch winder box.

    To help choose the best watch winder box, it would be better to make a comparison of all watch winder boxes. This means that you have to compare things such as prices, manufacturer’s profile, customer feedbacks of the box, the type and period of available after sales service and of course, the warranty period.

    Like most things in life, improvements in technology will lead to the development of more features and types of watch winder boxes, therefore even the best watch winder of today may be considered redundant tomorrow. To avoid this, you could buy a watch winder that is designed to easily add new features that are brought about by advancements in technology.


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

  • Tips To Take Care of Your Cigar Humidor

    Posted on November 13, 2008 by SwissTGallery

    Everything in life has to be maintained to extend its longevity; cars, swimming pools, watches and even your cigar humidor. Without the proper care and maintenance, all the money that is spent on buying these items could be wasted. This is why cigar hobbyists spend lots of time and money in maintaining their expensive cigar humidor.

    To ensure that a humidor functions properly, you have to season the cigar humidor; this is regardless of the price of the humidor. You have to line its interior with Spanish cedar or mahogany as these woods hold humidity well and have a natural anti-fungal that helps resist mold. However ensure that this wood is kiln dried as kiln dried wood easily absorbs moisture.

    The next thing to be done is to use distilled water and a sponge to help prevent any build up in the humidor. This is done by first saturating the sponge and then using it to wipe the interior of the humidor. Exposed interior wood has to be wiped generously, after which the humidor has to be filled up according to specifications.

    The sponge then has to be saturated once again and then placed in the closed humidor for a day, after which it is taken out and its interior wood wiped once more. This ends the seasoning process of the humidor; after which you can refill it.

    The reason the humidor has to be seasoned is that the tobacco of the cigars has to have sufficient moisture to keep it elastic, but not too much to make it expand. This level which prevents the tobacco leaves from getting too brittle and the tobacco leaves from swelling is called the sweet spot, and is usually about 70% RH.

    With the right seasoning and by maintaining the right temperatures and humidity levels in the humidor, you improve the longevity of your cigars and thus maintain your cigar collection for many years to come.  


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

  • 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?


    This post was posted in General, Watch Winders

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