The best and worst of "Cigar Watches"


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I have no idea when it all started (Cigar themed watches).  I am not even sure that it is a "thing". The recent Zenith effort wasn't to my taste. 

This Swatch dates back to 1997 and I am pretty sure at around $60 will come in as one of the cheapest of the watches to follow :D

 

For the watch lovers out there. Do a little research and post up a cigar themed watch. Let us know a little about it and a rough price :thumbsup:

 

Swatch 

Cigar GK250 

$60 USD

1997 Fall Winter Collection vintage swatch watch.

Water resistant 30 meter / 100 Feet.

Diameter case 33 mm.

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Cigar GK250 Swatch 1.JPG

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Five Smokin' Hot Cigar Watches at Baselworld 2015

Watch loving individuals with a penchant for a fine cigar may be reveling with some of the new introductions coming out of BaselWorld 2015. The newest focus of a few Swiss made brands: cigar inspired timepieces – some of which even incorporate the cigar into the timepieces.

HYT, for instance, unveils the H1 Cigar watch- customized with cigar leaves. This brand, which uses liquid for its time indication -- has developed cases made of polyepoxyde resin into which certain elements can be introduced. In this first version, the brand turns to cigar leaves for the making of revolutionary case. The concept has been two years in the making, and HYT and its partners have worked together to overcome the challenges of bringing external elements into a watchcase.

"The real challenge was to develop an alloy whose chemical structure we could alter by adding solid, foreign elements to its basic formula, without affecting either its reliability or technical properties, such as hardness, density or brilliance,” says Vincent Perriard, CEO of HYT.

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HYT H1 Cigar

For this version, the H1 Cigar case is adorned with the beautiful Rodolfo Vitola cigar leaves. The 48.8 mm mechanical watch features a titanium Bronze PVD rubber-clad screw lock crown and crown guard and is water resistant to 30 meters. It is worth noting here that HYT has also made a model that incorporates sand from the beaches of Saint Barthelemy – adding new meaning to the phrase the “sands of time.” You can read more about new watches unveiled by HYT at BaselWorld 2015 by visiting ATimelyPerspective.com.

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Cigar leaves comprise a portion of the case.

Also delving into the world of cigar leaves, ArtyA unveils its Son of the Earth “Gold Tobacco” watch that features a dial entirely comprised of tobacco leaves. However, the brand offers a true twist here. Instead of creating a watch with just any tobacco leaf, the customer can choose the tobacco leaf of his or her own choice. The watch is offered in gold or in steel and features an Italian tobacco colored leather strap. Son of the Earth Gold Tobacco is powered by a Swiss-made automatic caliber, which guarantees a 42-hour power reserve.

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ArtyA Tobacco Gold Son of the Earth watch

Bell & Ross unveils its BR WW1 Edition Limitada watch – whose warm brown shades and 18-karat rose gold case are inspired by cigars. This watch, the second in a cigar-inspired limited edition line, features an earthy brown dial in matte finish with a color-coordinated tobacco strap. The timepiece features an aperture fro viewing a portion of the movement, and has a five-day power reserve indicator at 5:00 on the dial. It is created in a limited edition of 99 pieces. The watch is sold in a humidor fitted wit ha hygrometer and humidifier.

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Bell & Ross WW1 Cigar Limitada

Another brand that has incorporated the connection with cigars into its collections is Cuervo y Sobrinos. This Swiss-made brand with Cuban roots, has named several of its collections after famous cigars. Top among them is the Robusto line, named for the strong, pure Habanos Robusto cigar that is named for its size (124mm long and 19.84mm wide). The watches from this collection are sold in a humidor made from Cedar wood. The newest watch being unveiled here in BaselWorld is the Robusto Day-Date Churchill, in honor of the honorable statesman Winston Churchill, who frequented Havana during the 1940's era when Cuervo y Sobrinos was doing  business there.  The Churchill watch features a sapphire case back for viewing the automatic  movement. The case back is engraved with Churchill's profile.

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Cuervo y Sobrinos Robusto Day-Date Churchill watch. The Robusto collection is named for the large Havana cigar.

Of course some brands have had a relationship with the world of cigars for some time. Hublot, for instance, began a relationship with Arturo Fuente cigar manufacturer in 2012, and just recently released a new second-phase collection that is just now arriving in stores. Called the ForbiddenX watch, the dial is made using real tobacco leaves – the same leaves used to create the prestigious ForbiddenX cigars. The leaves are from the Fuente estate in Santo Domingo and travel to the Hublot factory to be inserted into the dial via a high-tech epoxy resin formula. The watches, which are 45mm in diameter and feature rich brown ceramic bezels, are sold in a humidor cigar box specially developed by Hublot.

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Hublot ForbiddenX watch with Arturo Fuente tobacco leaves for the dial

All of these smokin’ hot watches are either just arriving in stores or will be there this spring/summer to help light your fire.

Roberta Naas is the founder of the online watch publication, ATimelyPerspective.

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A buddy has a Cuervo y Sobrinos watch and it's pretty nice.  Problem with that marque is everyone buys them heavily discounted and it's seen as such.  Nothing wrong with in that the actual pay price still isn't cheap, but when they solicit a high retail that is never materialized it taints the brand.  The humidor is good quality too.

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