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  1. Had this happen to me just today with a big fat well-aged Partagas Salomones and it threw me a scorched highway to hell a good 1.5" up from the foot. Only way to deal with it was to amputate. Had to take off over 2" to get back to right. This only worked because it was a big honker of a cigar. It had nothing to do with lighting. It was a construction issue as far as I could tell from taking the cut piece apart. What was left was pretty well wrecked. Wilkey
  2. I think that you were headed in the right direction, instinctively. Here is a pretty clear introduction to close packing in 1, 2, and 3 dimensions. Cigar packing is in two dimensions because the sticks can be represented in cross section as the packing discs due to their cylindrical symmetry. Of course figurados are a bit more complicated than parejos but it just means one end of the bundle is larger than the other end. SLB and wheels are hexagonal close pack and dressed/semi-plain boxes are square pack. BUT!...if you take out a cigar from the top layer of the dressed box and give the box the slightest shake, the entire remaining top layer will shift one-half a cigar to the side creating two layers of a hexagonal close pack. Cool! Blog post on close packing structures Wilkey Note: To clarify, I mean only a subset of figurados will exhibit this behavior, for example, the perfecto or presidente vitolas.
  3. It's really a fascinating demonstration of geometry in the context of crystal structures. In this case, two dimensional. Who knew cigars could be so intriguing in so many ways. Wilkey
  4. Exactly right. Because in doing so, you create a unit cell of 7 cigars where the one in the center is a "hole." The surrounding 6 can hold that structure indefinitely as long as the bundle is kept tight. Loosening it up to create freedom of movement and it will collapse exactly as you observed.
  5. Here are a bunch of wheels. Some are imperfect but they all show the basic hexagonal close pack structure, which in its most compact, perfect form, is stable. (Note: by perfect form, I mean the same number of cigars on each edge of the bundle. 25 and 50 bundles are not "perfect" but are at least symmetric on two axes which is good enough for boxing). Wilkey
  6. Well sort of, yes. As long as you don't disassemble the bundle, snugging up loose ribbon is fine. However, once you take one out, you disrupt the packing, specifically, the "hexagonal close pack" structure. Like a bee's honeycomb, it is geometrically regular. Once disrupted, the sticks will have the freedom to shift willy-nilly. I believe this is the cause of the problem and if so, snugging up the ribbon may help...or not, as the regular structure is broken. Wilkey
  7. I've never had this issue. I've lifted out the whole bundle, twirled it for a quick peek and replaced it without any difficulty. What are you inspecting for and how are you doing it? Unless you take out a stick or the bundle is overdry, it should come out and go back easily. Once you remove a stick, then bets are off. After that, the bundle doesn't ever come out because it will then be like trying to stuff pickles back into the jar. At that point, if you still like to remove mutiple cigars for inspection, just undo the ribbon and treat it as a loose box. Wilkey
  8. Sir Pig, always good to see you kicking about. I've been stealthy but hope to be more visible. I am right there with recent comments. I use a glass top Ikea desk and the frosted edge will scuff steel and because of that and keyboard use, I will remove the watch at station. Watch always comes off for the infrequent adjustments. For automatics that I'm waking up, set it and charge it up a bit prior to donning. For me, finding the right fit always takes tweaking. Some manufacturers give you a little extra adjustability...Steinhart, for example, include two width of links in some of their bracelets and in combination with the clasp adjustments, I can get it just perfect. Another clasp type I've recently come to appreciate is the diver ratcheting clasp. Usually the watch goes on a bit loose but tightens up as the wrist gets warm and occasionally dewy. With the ratchet, I put it on fully ratcheted down and then let it out a click as needed. Brilliant. Wilkey
  9. Okay, let's play watch "this or that." Fortis Cosmonautis Titanium on Bracelet Fortis Flieger Professional on Bracelet
  10. It looks pretty snappy on a leather strap.
  11. The bracelet does appear rather generic. I agree. Wilkey
  12. Hiya Wilkey!

    Long time no see.

  13. I love my Ocean Titanium as well. A great value. What do you guys think of this flieger? Fortis Flieger Professional Wilkey
  14. Righty here. I wear left, out. Wilkey
  15. Also digging this Damasko as an alternative to the Sinn: D43.

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