Hublot unveil the "ForbiddenX" watch in Dubai.

fusionXDubai – 2nd December - After the immense success of the King Power "Arturo Fuente" unveiled in 2012, Hublot is today celebrating the international launch of the ForbiddenX watch in Dubai. Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, and Carlos Fuente Jr, grandson of the cigar factory's founder, made the journey especially for this occasion, accompanied by Marco Tedeschi who represents Hublot in the Middle East.


They met for an exclusive event which brought Dubai's greatest cigar connoisseurs and major watch collectors together at the One&Only The Palm hotel, where the ambiance of the famous Château de la Fuente was recreated for the occasion, with its distinctly Cuban flavour. Whilst enjoying music and cuisine evoking Old World Havana, the guests, all sporting their Hublot Panama hat and with a fine ForbiddenX cigar, were able to discover the watches developed in close collaboration with the Fuente family, who are very proud of their Cuban roots. A unique moment. Download Full Press Release and Specifications Here.

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Cigar Snob's In-Depth Rating of 4 Special Arturo Fuente Cigars

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Fuente has owned the casa cuba brand for so many years. Why was the brand never really brought to market earlier?

Casa Cuba was a brand that my father bought way back during the early days of the embargo. The gentleman who owned the brand and a small factory, was very good friends with my grandfather. He was very old and his children were not interested in the business, so my father bought the brand. I have to tell you, it was one of my all-time favorite labels. It was an old-world label with beautiful illustrations. It represented the fusion of Cuba and America—Lady Liberty on one side and the goddess of the Siboney (native Cuban tribe) on the other. It represented a lot to me as a young man and that label was very important, so we saved it. It was particularly important in the ‘70s, when my grandfather always said, “When we go back to Cuba…” So that was a brand that I saved thinking that we would be back in Cuba someday making that brand. And time goes by; my grandfather passed away in 1973 and the situation in Cub a remains the same.

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ProCigar Festival

ProCigar FestivalThere’s no better way to get up close and personal with the world of Dominican cigars than the ProCigar Festival. This year’s event, which began in the resort town of Casa de Campo and culminated in Santiago de los Caballeros, represented more growth for the organization, with Litto Gómez’s La Flor Dominicana and Jochi Blanco’s Tabacalera Palma participating as full ProCigar members for the first time. Other members include Altadis, General Cigar, Davidoff, MATASA, La Aurora, Corporación Cigar Export, Tabacalera La Alianza, and Ar turo Fuente. After a visit to Tabacalera de Garcia and some R&R in Casa de Campo, participants were transported to Santiago where tours of tobacco farms and cigar factories were followed each night by great dinners, dancing, and live music. If you left the D.R. feeling like you hadn’t smoked, drank, and danced enough, you’ve got issues we just don’t know how to fix. READ MORE HERE.

 

 

 

 

The People Behind the Cigars We Love

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During the 82nd annual International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show held in Las Vegas in July, we had the opportunity to spend some quality time with the people who make some of the finest cigars in the world.

In the coming weeks, we’ll share with you the conversations that we had with those influential cigar makers, highlighting the passion that they have for their craft and their recommendations for cigar smokers who are looking to develop a discerning palate for quality tobacco. We won’t give away too much here, but what we will say is that from all of those conversations, one thing was made abundantly clear: Cigar making is an art form, one that—in most cases—has been passed down through multiple generations of a family, and one that remains a labor of love for all who excel at it.

This week’s video highlights the people behind the business of luxury cigars and features legends of the craft and newcomers to the trade.
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Helping kids in the Future belongs to Variety Tents who plan today

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Thank you for joining us at the 2014 Variety International – the Children’s Charity World Conference to celebrate successes, share ideas and build Variety. We enjoyed seeing everyone live, laugh, and learn together. We lived by experiencing the many charms of Barbados, its rich culture and beautiful people.  We laughed with friends, both old and new. We learned how 2014 will be a year of growth and success from pertinent guest speakers, an in depth grants program session, and relevant breakout sessions. Together at the conference we communicated, cooperated and collaborated to enable every Variety tent that “little extra” to be extraordinary for the children and communities we support.
 
Special thanks to Variety of Barbados, VI Board, various committees and Mitch Harris for all your outstanding contributions and support to make this conference an affair to remember.
 
In the next few weeks, you will be receiving a post conference email blast that will remind you of the good, fun and productive days we shared together.  Stay tuned.
 
In the meantime, please check out the link  https://app.box.com/s/appb8bipylwz1u42vxf7 to view and access the conference presentations. Conference photos and more videos/presentations coming soon.
 
Conference Presentations Include:
 
Friday, May 23, 2014
· Powerpoint Presentation/Slides
· Miles Hilton-Barber Presentation11 min Clip
· Innovation Award Presentation (Kiwi Kids Sponsorship Program) by Lorraine Taylor
· Variety International Children’s Fund (Ukraine 3 min video & Moline Property and Future Clinic)
· Young Variety Presentation
· Grants Presentation by Variety of British Columbia, Variety of Illinois and Variety of Texas
*VICF Haiti video coming soon
 
Saturday, May 24, 2014
· Powerpoint Presentation/Slides
· Stephen Mally’s Presentation
· The Case for Building Direct Programs by Gerise LaSpisa
· Heart Awards Presentations (Variety of Kansas, Variety of Iowa and Variety of New South Wales)
*Text Donation Presentation by Katrina Gremmel – coming soon
 
Sunday, May 25, 2014
· Powerpoint Presentation/Slides
· Variety Cycle Presentation by Tam Johnston
· Annual General Meeting – Treasurer’s Report by Neil Wykes
 
See you in Milwaukee!

 

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