While not terribly original, the new Cimier Time Square Chronograph (refs. 5106-SS011 in steel and 5106-BP021 in black PVD) automatic watch delivers a nice combination of sportiness and elegance that makes it quite versatile if you don’t plan to wear it to a pool party or on a hiking trip.
Speaking of originality, I must admit that the watch is still quite distinctive thanks to Cimier’s signature styling with a slightly recessed minute track and characteristic trapezoid hour markers. All in all, the watch bears some similarity with their earlier Cimier Retrograde Automatic that was first presented almost five years ago at Baselworld 2009.
Still, despite similar size, the cases are clearly not identical. While the aforementioned Retrograde model had its transparent case back cover secured with eight screws, this one features only four.
Being 42 millimeters wide (45 mm including crown,) the timepiece still takes a lot more space on a wrist than a normal circular-shaped timekeeper: it is geometry, right.
With its nicely integrated chronograph push-pieces and a well shaped setting crown (I mean, it is good in terms of ergonomics, I hate its generic shape though: it looks like somebody just grabbed without even looking the first part from a box full of crowns and attached it to the stem without thinking about how much it detracts from the model’s otherwise beautiful design), the case looks quite comfortable to wear and will possibly look and feel great on a normal (and larger) wrist.
Unlike may chronographs that tend to feature simple ebauches with chronograph add-on modules that make them more complicated and less convenient to repair, this one is equipped with a real ETA Valjoux 7750 caliber: a natural-born chronograph with a three-plane cam system that revolutionized the market back in 1970s.
The choice of mechanisms increases the timekeeper’s value a great deal since it is a lot more dependable and robust than the aforementioned combination of something like an ETA 2824 plus add-on chrono module riding atop of it. The caliber also allowed to make the device a millimeter or so thinner than it could have been in the latter case thus making it more comfortable to wear with a shirt with tight cuffs. Its organically sculpted body with almost no sharp angles and lots of smoothed, flowing lines, too, helps to make the Time Square a lot more pleasant on a wrist than a lot of other cushion-shaped models that use more straightforward approach and thus look and feel a lot more cumbersome.
Since the movement’s modification seems to be limited to its oscillating weight (well, it also features blued and polished screw heads), the watch features the same standard dial layout, which is as well-balanced and easily readable as extremely boring and even annoying.
I also don’t like the fact that the huge hour markers come without any lume, however the hour and minute hands look broad enough for the patches of Superluminova on them to make the Time Square Chronograph easily readable even at night.
Judging by Cimier’s web-site, so far the watch is available in stainless steel (ref. 5106-SS011) and black PVD-treated (ref. 5106-BP021) bodies with either black or silver-toned dials.
Build Quality: 4/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4/5
Value for Money: 3.5/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
See also: Cimier Petite Seconde Venom
WWR preliminary verdict
Build quality: 4/5
Value for money: 4/5
Cimier Time Square Chronograph Automatic (refs. 5106-BP021 & 5106-SS011) watch specification
Price: TBD, approx. €2000
Movement: Automatic, ETA Valjoux 7750, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 38 hours
Movement decoration: Decorated oscillating weight, blued screws
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph
Case material: Stainless steel / Black PVD steel
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Cushion
Bezel shape: Cushion
Case size: 42.00 mm x 45.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: Black / Silvered
Hour markers: Rose gold / Rhodiumed
Hands: Luminous, open-worked
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black or brown leather strap with deployant clasp
Case back: Transparent