Xiaomi CIGA Design Watch: Review

A Mechanical Watch with a Unique Design


Here is another beautiful product from Youpin, the Xiaomi crowdfunding platform. It’s called the CIGA Watch, and it’s a completely transparent mechanical watch.

The CIGA design studio is well known internationally; it has won six German Red Dot Awards and an iF Gold Award for the watch we are presenting today.

Let’s take a look at the result of this key alliance with Xiaomi.


Immediately from the packaging, you get the sense that this isn’t typical Chinese packaging.


The packaging is in fact well-presented and the watch is enclosed in a beautiful package that opens like a book:

Leafing through the pages we find the history and the details of the design, obviously accompanied by the watch and the supplied straps:

Although much of the information is written in Chinese, there is nothing difficult to understand. The only “accessory” inside the package is a small screwdriver that will allow us to open the watch and change the straps.


The Xiaomi Ciga mechanical watch is made of 316L steel, giving it not only a beautiful look but, above all, a very solid finish. On the front we find a 1.3 mm sapphire crystal, which is immediately after the diamond on the hardness scale.

The frame diameter is 45 mm, the thickness is 12 mm, while the length is 242 mm.

Inside, the Xiaomi Ciga Watch uses a Seagull AAA custom ST2551JK battery with an energy buildup of 30-40 hours and a frequency of 21600 times / hour. The movement error is about 15 seconds every 24 hours.

The combination of the mechanical parts with the completely transparent case design makes it a watch that reaches a new level for aesthetics.

The sapphire crystal encloses all the mechanisms and is surrounded by a durable, stainless steel case. Comfort is guaranteed by 22mm leather straps, or woven leather with stainless steel wires.

The closing mechanism, always in steel, is sturdy and designed to last over time. The Ciga Watch is available in two colors (silver – like ours – and black)

Straps and comfort

There are two straps supplied: one in leather and one in steel, braided with leather.

Being interchangeable, you can use all sorts of colours and materials though; just look online for 22 mm straps.

They are hypoallergenic and even with prolonged use of the watch we did not had any discomfort. Indeed, the Ciga Watch is also comfortable to wear: the case is made of glass, so it does not rust and does not create irritation – even on the most sensitive skin.

Black version

Ciga designers in collaboration with Xiaomi created more than 250 sketch designs before reaching this model – their ideal. And they have certainly achieved their purpose: this watch can not be confused with any other watch else in the world, in either the steel or the beautiful black version:

Technical Specifications

CIGA Watch
Brand:Ciga Design & Xiaomi
Type:Mechanical Clock
Colours:Black and Silver
Casing Material:Stainless Stell
Strap Material:Braided Leather / Stainless Stell
Oscillation Frequency21,600 times / hour
Hardness Level (Mohs)9
Waterproofing:3ATM (splash resistant – do not immerse)
Dimensions & Weight
Strap Width22mm
Weight:116g with stainless steel strap, 75g with leather strap
Package Contents
Included:Xiaomi CIGA watch, leather strap and woven metallic strap.


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