replica Zenith

First things first, though: Fine hand-rolled cigars paired with fine watches are, of course, nothing new. In The Cigar Report, a quarterly periodical I once edited, I wrote a series of pieces entitled "Watch in a Box," the box in question being a cigar box or humidor.


The magazine itself was murdered by the 2008 financial crisis, but "Watch in a Box" could have lived, theoretically, pretty much forever. One, the most famous post-revolution Cuban cigar, debuted in 1966; the other, one of the most distinguished Swiss chronograph calibers, originally introduced in 1969. Today, the modern incarnation of CyS names its models after cigar vitolas (the unique cigar measures that combine length, girth, and shape), and most of them come in a humidor, not just any old box.Now, in 2016, they come together as the limited replica Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Cohiba Edition. The latter features actual tobacco leaves in the dial and was even offered as a tourbillon.


More recently, the intertwined strands of watchmaking and cigar rolling have been knitted together via the ongoing collaboration between Hublot and Arturo Fuente, the premium cigar maker from the Dominican Republic, which produces the highly coveted limited-production Fuente Fuente Opus X cigars. That partnership has yielded two limited-edition timepieces thus far: the King Power Arturo Fuente and the Classic Fusion Arturo Fuente ForbiddenX.

Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Cohiba Edition Watch released recently
This isn't even the first Cohiba cigar watch — about which, more in a moment. But with the fiftieth anniversary of the most iconic post-revolution Cuban cigar brand at hand, Zenith (which has been busy in the vintage motorsports world of late) has very much made the right move here.


A little history: Cigars and wrist replica watches have been sold side by side since 1932. That was the year Alfred Dunhill Ltd. patented its first wristwatch (Dunhill pocket watches debuted in 1903; watches and clocks set into cigar and pipe lighters came right after). Then, there was Cuervo y Sobrinos. What Cartier was to Paris, Bulgari to Rome, and Tiffany & Co. to New York, Cuervo y Sobrinos was to (pre-Castro) Havana. Dunhill, now a Richemont company, was far more a gentleman's tobacconist up through the 2000s than the modern English men's fashion house it has become over the last handful of years. In an uncharacteristically playful move from the Swiss giant, these are a breath of fresh, colorfully contrasting air.
As the city's top purveyor of jewelry and timepieces — Churchill, Hemingway, and Clark Gable were clients — CyS worked with a number of Swiss watchmakers (Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Universal Genève among them) that produced both double-signature and private-label timepieces. Vintage Cuervo y Sobrinos, mostly from the 1950s, pop up often on auction sites. It was located in Havana's Old Town, and as such, corporate real fábrica de tabacos clients commissioned countless custom-dial watches with logos such as the classic Partagas script to be given as executive and retirement gifts. Edward Sahakian, owner of Davidoff London, recalls that the late Dr.


Another notable tobacconist, Davidoff of Geneva, which these days stays far closer to its roots as one of the world's preeminent cigar makers, partnered with IWC Schaffhausen in the 1980s to produce a small capsule collection of watches evocative of very early Hublots. Or better, you can easily label it 'next to impossible'.
On and on it goes: A limited-edition tobacco-brown Hermès Cape Cod 1 928 that came in its own humidor was created to commemorate the opening of the Hermès boutique on Wall Street (which still stands today); and even Swatch made a cigar watch with the image of a full-size cigar running from one end of the strap through the dial to the other end; a Blancpain Quantième Perpetuel GMT (which had a tobacco-hued dial) and a Bell & Ross 126 XL Edición Limitada, both of which came housed in a humidor. Meanwhile, Michel Perrenoud, a now-retired maker of watch boxes who was based in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, went on to become a preeminent humidor manufacturer, famous for his pyramid-shaped caves à cigares.


Ernst Schneider, who acquired both the Davidoff of Geneva boutique and the Davidoff cigars made in Cuba from Zino Davidoff in 1970, "had one of those watches and used to wear it all the time. His was a gold watch with a black leather strap." (It also came in two-tone and solid steel.) Today, Zino Davidoff, a spinoff luxury watch-and-accessories brand created to skirt draconian European Union regulations governing tobacco promotion, carries on the tradition set forth by the Davidoff x IWC watches.

Even the design of the case with the chronograph pushers that sit flush with the crown is interesting.

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