Well, three new cigars from Romeo y Julieta have been announced that have got everyone in a frenzy. For the first
time in the firm’s history (est. 1875), they are forming the first sub-brand of Romeo y Julieta. The Línea de Oro
is its name, and it features an abundance of gold on the anillas (labels you always find on cigars) and
foot bands (which you find less frequently). The names of the new cigars are Dianas, Hidalgos and Nobles; their
sizes are, respectively, 52x7 1/2”, 57x4 7/8”, 56x5 3/8”. They are all on the thicker side, but will no doubt have
their own personalities to distinguish them. Considering they are of Romeo y Julieta stock, you can expect medium-
to full-flavoured cigars. Additionally, the recent Cuban craze for extravagant boxes continues. Anyone who had a box
of the Romeo y Julieta Maravillas will have seen the gorgeous red-lacquered box, which returns in a slightly
different shape for these new cigars. Debate will continue as to which is preferable, but I rather like the
Cigars appreciate in value much quicker than wine or whisky; you can, for example, find cigars doubling in value
within a year of purchase. If Romeo y Julieta continue to make these in regular production, 99 per cent of them will
not have any real appreciable value, but the first batch almost certainly will, so make sure you get down to
Davidoff of London to stock up. TC
Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar in burgundy
Omega boast a history replete with micro-engineering masterstrokes that changed the course of horological history.
They are early pioneers of the tourbillon wristwatch and the creator of the world’s first minute repeating
wristwatch, the first tourbillon wristwatch to be chronometer certified, and the first wrist-chronometer with a
Less trumpeted but equally impressive, though, are its achievements in the field of timepiece aesthetics, including
the 12-sided domed dials that unofficially became dubbed ‘pie pan dials’ and featured on the manufacture’s
Constellation watches of the 1950s and sixties.
Omega’s latest three additions to the Globemaster Annual Calendar collection pay tribute to the pie pan dial, as well
as another signature detail that fans will be familiar with: the fluted bezel first used in a now highly collectable
model from 1968. These — along with the faceted hands, elegant indexes, cursive text month indications,
Constellation star and Omega’s logo — make up more than the sum of their parts, especially in the case of the piece
pictured here, with sun-brushed burgundy dial, which for our money is one of the most visually compelling watches to
come out in the past year.
Presented in a 41mm stainless steel case, with a polished bezel in Omega’s own red-gold alloy (which is also used for
the crown and numerals), its burgundy leather strap completes a complex but concordant symphony. Meanwhile, a
Central Observatory medallion set on the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal caseback gives a nod to Omega’s
achievement in precision instruments in the early 20th century. And talking of precision, the whole thing is powered
by Omega’s own co-axial master chronometer Annual Calendar calibre 8922.
The burgundy version is one of three, and the iteration with sun-brushed green dial in stainless steel and 18ct
white-gold on the faceted hands is also a handsome addition to any collection, as is the one in 18ct Sedna Gold,
with its striking black onyx index settings. With the piece seen here, though, Omega — a brand that has taken
humanity to the loftiest heights and deepest waters with its Speedmaster Moonwatch and its Seamaster, respectively —
have taken us to another rarefied realm indeed.
It could be just the inexplicable elegance of the interplay between form and hue seen here. Is it audacious to
suggest, though, that burgundy could soon usurp green’s crown when it comes to watch dials — and so soon after green
assumed blue’s place on the throne? NS
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