September/October 2009
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Catherine Zeta-Jones • September/October 2009

In the October issue of Cigar Aficionado, we speak with Oscar-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones about growing up in a small Welsh town, transitioning from theater to television to Hollywood, being married to Michael Douglas, and why she isn't fazed about turning 40. Also, features on the next generation of cigar stars, six titans who are living icons of the sports world, an in-depth look at what lies ahead for Detroit's Big Three, the PGA's new hi-tech Shot Tracker system, the Top 10 watches of 2009 and an interview with fashion czar Roberto Cavalli.

Features

The Woman from Wales

The Woman from Wales

"Cougar? I've never heard that expression." Catherine Zeta-Jones looks perplexed—gorgeous, to be sure, but perplexed, nonetheless. "Cougar?" the actress says again in her native …

No Shots in the Dark

No Shots in the Dark

As Tiger Woods was winning the AT&T National in July, he was making hash of the 11th hole on Sunday. The long par 4 was his nemesis that week, the television commentators …

Living Legends

Living Legends

Maybe they appear once a century, legends of the sporting world, athletes who take their sports to levels of achievement never seen before. They stand tall, even among sporting …

Turnaround in Motor City?

Turnaround in Motor City?

When Bob Lutz climbed aboard his helicopter in February, fired up the engine, and lifted off the makeshift landing pad at the now weed-choked edge of the General Motors Technical …

Cigars

Generation Next

Generation Next

That cigar you're smoking may have been blended by a man—or woman—representing the industry's growing youth movement

Cuba's Best Market

Cuba's Best Market

When the U.S. embargo is lifted, Cuban officials expect America to be its biggest consumer

A Life By Design

A Life By Design

Fashion czar Roberto Cavalli spreads his cult of personality into ever-widening spheres.

Ratings from this Issue

92
points

Illusione Epernay Le Ferme

Issue Date: October 1, 2009
Illusione Epernay Le Ferme
92
points

Xikar HC Habano Colorado Belicoso

Issue Date: October 1, 2009
Xikar HC Habano Colorado Belicoso
91
points

Padrón Serie 1926 Maduro No. 6

Issue Date: October 1, 2009
Padrón Serie 1926 Maduro No. 6
91
points

San Cristobal Papagayo

Issue Date: October 1, 2009
San Cristobal Papagayo

Up Front

What's Happening in America?

What's Happening in America?

In early July, a report by the Institute of Medicine, a private non-governmental agency, urged the U.S. military to impose a smoking ban. We were dumbfounded. How can you ask a …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, A parallel from Adrian Greniers's quote from your article "Boys of Summer" of "Entourage." He mentions that he thought "Holy shit," Obama enjoys the show and "he …

The Good Life

Dell Adamo Laptop

Dell Adamo Laptop

Odds are you've never seen the words "sexy" and "Dell" in the same sentence before, but the company's slim and gorgeous Adamo laptop is the kind of tech that inspires hardcore …

Fine Fabrics

Fine Fabrics

Remember not so many fiscal periods ago when the sartorial pinnacle was reached by raising specially bred sheep in temperature-controlled, chemical-free sheds, piping in music and …

The Hotel del Coronado San Diego

The Hotel del Coronado San Diego

In the fall of 1958, a Hollywood film crew descended upon the charming beachside community of Coronado, located across a placid bay from downtown San Diego, to make a movie that …

Panerai P.9001 Calibre

Panerai P.9001 Calibre

I have long envied my friends who could afford a collection of Panerai watches that are equipped with the company's in-house movements. These Paneristi , as the watch world calls …

Cognac

Cognac

The color is rich amber. The texture is almost viscous as the liquid coats the side of the glass and ever so slowly gives up its legs to gravity. You tip glass to nose and, …

Infiniti G37 Convertible

Infiniti G37 Convertible

If you know which way to head, it takes less time than you might imagine to drive out of the Los Angeles sprawl. So as we turn off from the smog- and traffic-choked U.S. Route 101 …

Sonic Golf

Sonic Golf

Because what usually elicits the comment, "Great swing!" is an image—a smooth, on-plane motion that produces a great result— professional golf instructors concentrate on the …

Palió Cigar Cutters

Palió Cigar Cutters

Take a double-bladed guillotine cutter, add a finger rest next to each of the finger holes, throw in an extremely sharp blade, put in a heavy-duty slide mechanism that never seems …

Japanese Knives

Japanese Knives

When Japanese Imperial rule replaced the samurai-dominated Tokunaga Shogunate in the nineteenth century, the swordsmiths who turned out the famed samurai katana, discovered an …

Sailplaning

Sailplaning

I'm 3,500 feet in the air in a plane with no engine. The cornfields below me have morphed into green and gold puzzle pieces, Houston's skyline shimmers in the horizon, and about …