Jose Ernesto Aguilera – Second Visit with Frank

19 Mar


nfc capBasically, as explained below in the text to the first visit, a chance to see the progress of the work in the 2 days in between the visits of the Portmann group and Frank.

I have added 3 pictures of the finished Montecristo humidor being shown ( and auctioned ) at the Gala dinner courtesy of my friend Horst Thome.

Frank and I continued from Havana to have lunch at Hector Luis’ Vega that noon and on to Viñales later that day.

Update : 20.03,2014 – I recieved sevral enquiries on the wood and silver used and about other manufactoring details, so I decided to scan some pages from my auction catalogue and include them here.
You will see more detail on the 2 humidors by Jose Ernesto that were auctioned during the Gala, the materials used as well as the vitolas in each humidor.


This time I visited my friend and humidor artist Jose Ernesto Aguilera at his Humidores Habana workshop twice.

Once with the Portmann group on Monday 24-th, the day the XVI Festival del Habano officially was inaugurated and again with my buddy Frank, who missed the first visit, on Wednesday 26-th February.

I have documented the 2 visits on 2 different posts on purpose so the progress of the humidor work can be seen.

Especially so on 3 of the humidors that were auctioned just days after our visit.

The first is the Montecristo desk humidor cum roller table which was auctioned at the Gala dinner on the 28-th, that is just 2 days after our last visit and after a starting bid of 10.000 € achieved a price at 170.000 €, the second is the square Cohiba humidor which can be seen during our second visit being readied in the open, it was also auctioned at the Gala dinner, starting bid was also 10.000 € and it went for 160.000 €.

The third is a joint work of art between J.E. Aguilera and Raul Valladares and it was auctioned 3 days after our visit at the Habana Libre Casa del Habano, an event Frank and I attended and where my friend Jimmy Ng from Singapore placed the successful bid at 20.000 CUC.

The Portmann group being at Aguilera’s workplace for the first time, my goal was to show to my friends how this passionate artist worked for the first 12 years of his endeavour. In the basement of a soviet style building where he still keeps his personal working space and where the silversmith and delicate artistry work is still being done.

Alex, his extremely professional and equally passionate assistant gave the group an excellent tour of the premises explaining all the intricate details, the search for aged timber in Havana’s old and derelict homes, the importance of old, aged and dried timber and many more fascinating information.

All were left highly impressed by the visit and meeting this highly regarded artist and great human being that Jose Ernesto is.

I am quite sure you will see his humidors at Portmann some time in the future …


2 Responses to “Jose Ernesto Aguilera – Second Visit with Frank”

  1. Oliver 19/03/2014 at 15:50 #

    Recently their humidors have become more what I like.
    Nino, the man in charge of design has changed?

  2. Arild 21/03/2014 at 22:38 #

    You got to raise your hat and perform a deep bow for people like Jose, their passion, knowledge and artistic expression. The few that have these humidors are more lucky than they might now!