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Cigar Aficionado March/April 2019

Cigar Aficionado is a magazine for the man who enjoys life’s great pleasures: fine dining and entertaining, the finest wines and spirits, world travel and the arts. At the heart of every issue is the cigar: what to smoke, where to smoke, and how to enjoy a great smoke.

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M Shanken Communications
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
the mob family we love

Twenty years ago, we met a man named Tony Soprano as he lit up a dark robusto and drove his SUV out of the shadows of the Lincoln Tunnel, heading for his home in the New Jersey suburbs. Television would never again be the same. This was a new kind of TV character, one we had never seen before. Here was a man capable of unleashing brutal, savage violence one moment and sitting down to a friendly family dinner the next. He could show his daughter around a college campus in the morning, and strangle the life out of an old associate that evening. In the course of six seasons on HBO, we saw him cheat, lie and steal, with perhaps his most cold-blooded moment coming the night he killed a…

5 min.
out of the humidor

Dear Marvin, I am from Cuba, but have lived in Tampa for the last 40 years. I own every Cigar Aficionado that you have published and absolutely love to read your magazine. But there is something missing, most of the time, in your cigar ratings and context. That is the big ring cigars. I know you have the grande category but it is not featured in every issue of the magazine. Now, almost every brand carries a 6 by 60 cigar in their portfolio and if I have the choice I wouldn’t smoke anything less than a 60 to 70 ring size cigar. Even now, the Cuban cigars are getting bigger and bigger. Can we please have more information on these matters and the ratings of the big ring cigars? Armando Padron Tampa, Florida Editors’ Response:…

1 min.
peter james leather cases

Like many good ideas, the Peter James cigar holder came from frustration. While smoking cigars among a group of friends, Matthew Henderson and John Laurendi noticed the clunky way cigar accessories were transported to the smoking spot. “People were pulling accessories out of every pocket,” says Henderson. “I was personally using an old shaving bag to carry my three-finger cigar case, lighter and cutter.” For John, it was even worse—he relied upon his wife to carry his cigars and gear—in her purse. She was growing annoyed. “We thought there has to be a better way,” says Henderson. By 2014 the two founded Peter James (using their middle names as inspiration) and they had a product on the market by 2015. The result is the Peter James cigar case, which is far…

2 min.
a grounding in shoes

Like or lump the look, when of-the-moment menswear designers dictated that dress trousers would be cuffless and hemmed to almost clam-digger levels, they were also elevating the importance of shoes. Since your feet would be on parade, so to speak, it behooved you to put a lot more thought into how they were shod. The wingtips pictured here are among the most expressive of men’s shoes (unless you consider sneakers). Named for the wings that flow from their narrow toecaps, they are also sometimes called brogues, a term that also describes the decorative perforations in the leather. Less flamboyant versions have a rounded toecap and restrained brogueing. When made with the tips in contrasting color to the base leather, they are called spectator, or co-respondent, shoes. A bit over-the-top, they might…

2 min.
hasselblad x1d

If you’ve been shooting pix with a cellphone so long you’ve forgotten what it was like to hold a serious film camera, the first thing you’ll notice is the satisfying feel of the Hasselblad X1D-50C. It’s not the weight (just 1.6 pounds), nor the size (5.9 x 3.85 x 2.79 inches). But it is the feel of milled aluminum that comes with hefting this first-of-its-kind, medium-format, mirrorless digital camera. The reassuring click of the shutter, the solid action of the mode dials, everything about this handheld evokes the legend of Hasselblad, the brand that has been mounted to military aircraft and made the first trip to the Moon 50 years ago. Next, you’ll appreciate the large CMOS image sensor (50 megapixel), which delivers acute photos with accurate colors from a package…

2 min.
peripheral rotor automatics

The trade-off of the first automatic, or self-winding, watches was their chunky central winding rotors blocked your view of all those captivating gears, wheels and bridges. Carl F. Bucherer changed that in 2008, with the groundbreaking CFB A1000 movement that generates energy with an oscillator that turns around the periphery on a system of DLC-coated rollers with ceramic ball bearings. There’d been similar systems, but Bucherer was the first to produce an entire collection powered this way. The watchmaker followed up with the next-generation calibre CFB A2000, in 2016, and last year’s calibre CFB T3000 with a peripherally mounted tourbillon regulator. A peripheral rotor also offers slimness as eliminating the central oscillating rotor and moving the winding system to the outer edges of the movement condenses the architecture to shave off precious…