Cimier

Montres CIMIER AG

Route de Soleure 136
CH-2504 Biel/Bienne
Switzerland

Montres CIMIER SA is an independent Swiss watch manufacturer with headquarters in Biel, Switzerland. CIMIER produces both mechanical clocks and quartz clocks.

The origin of CIMIER dates back to 1924, when the watchmaker Joseph Lapanouse founded his company LAPANOUSE SA in Hölstein and sold his watches under the CIMIER brand. Since beginning, Joseph Lapanouse specializes in the manufacture of pin-pallets, called the Roskopf.

In the 1950s, the company, which was now LAPANOUSE-CIMIER SA, was industrialized the first pin-pallet-inhibiting chronograph, sold to 21 million pieces during its lifetime. At the end of the sixties, the annual production reached 1.5 million pieces and the company employed over 500 employees in Bubendorf.

In the 1970s, the watchmaking industry went through the quartz crisis. The number of mechanical watches sold is drastically reduced. CIMIER develops and manufactures its own quartz movement. However, the number of produced pieces does not reach a threshold of profitability. Thus the Swiss manufacturer decided in 1985 to close its production temporarily.

In 2003, the CIMIER brand again lived through the company of the same name.

In 2010, CIMIER opened the watch academy. The concept allows the consumer to create and build his own watch in Cimier’s workshop. The consumer can choose between several manual movements and an automatic movement.

Cimier Swiss Watches website