Montblanc is not the first luxury brand to try and bridge the worlds of traditional craftsmanship and smart technology, but it is one of the few to experiment and systematically push new innovations to cater to the niche. The German brand has finally made a foray into the high-end smart wearable market. Meet the Montblanc Summit, the brand’s first smartwatch.
Back in 2015, the company had released a smart wearable named E-Strap. It was a small digital device attached to the strap of a traditional Montblanc watch. It might have been the company’s first dabble in the world of smart wearable technology, but it wasn’t a proper smartwatch. The Montblanc Summit, on the other hand, is a full-fledged smartwatch which has been developed with the help of Google.
“Nothing compares to the sensation of traditional fine Swiss watchmaking but in a fast-moving world, being able to access all kinds of information digitally has become essential,” explains Jerome Lambert, CEO, Montblanc International.
“Montblanc Summit bridges these two worlds with a simple and highly functional product that gives its owners the freedom to have it all.”
For the design, Montblanc used its award-winning 1858 collection as the main inspiration to give the Summit smartwatch a vintage look. The use of high-quality steel, titanium cases, and contemporary straps will make you forget that it’s not a traditional watch with mechanical movement. The 46mm case comes in a choice of four different materials and styles. Each timepiece is fitted with a pusher in the design of the iconic crown from the 1858 collection. The watch has a 1.39” large AMOLED display, which is covered by a curved sapphire glass, a world-first in smartwatches.
The Montblanc Summit runs on the all-new Android Wear 2.0 operating system for smartwatches. Augmenting it is Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor that helps the timepiece work seamlessly, while maximising the battery life. The watch also features a microphone to enjoy the power of Google Assistant and numerous sensors like the heart-rate monitor, gyroscope, digital compass, barometer, and an ambient light sensor.
The digital timepiece comes with a choice of eight different straps. However, an online configurator will also be available and will offer more than 300 different Montblanc wearable combinations, enabling the buyer to personalise their watch according to their needs. That’s not all. Montblanc is offering its customers the possibility of designing their own unique personalised dial, which can be created with the help of the company’s Creative Director, and a host of designers and engineers.