Montblanc launches its first smartwatch, the $890 Montblanc Summit

Montblanc launches its first smartwatch, the $890 Montblanc Summit

Cutting-edge technology, classic Montblanc design. A smartwatch for those always on the ascent.

The German luxury brand has dipped its toes into the ever-expanding world of Android Wear – revealing its debut smartwatch, the Montblanc Summit.

Starting with the physical and there are four different styles for the case to choose from – black PVD coated stainless steel, bi-colour stainless steel case with a black PVD coated stainless steel bezel, stainless steel case with satinated finish and a grade 5 titanium case with a satinated finish. There are also eight different straps – rubber in black, blue, green or red; black calfskin leather; brown or navy blue Sfumato calfskin leather.

 

 

 

Montblanc is putting a big emphasis on the array of digital displays it will be pre-loading onto the Summit too – and the company is saying that these virtual faces, along with the physical elements mentioned above, means more than 300 different looks can be achieved.

The original 1858 collection is the main inspiration for the 46mm watch case design, as well as for the classic watch faces, which are digital representations of the famous collection.

One of the big selling points for the Summit is the fact that it’s the first smartwatch to come with a curved sapphire glass watch face, covering a 400 x 400, 1.39-inch, AMOLED display.

Unlike the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 (seen 3 days ago on Duty Free Hunter), there’s no mechanical switch-out option whereby you can pop out the smartwatch module and pop in a regular timepiece, but that doesn’t mean Montblanc hasn’t got plenty of customisation options up its sleeve.

On the hardware front, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor powering the proceedings, backed up with the usual 512MB of RAM and 4GB of RAM. The battery is on the small size – 300mAh – but, as Montblanc has decided against putting GPS or NFC into its Wear watch it should last a full day. The former means no accurate run tracking without being paired to a smartphone though, and the latter means no Android Pay, which is a shame.

 

The Montblanc Summit will come with a wide-range of curated apps including Uber, Worldtimer, Runtastic and Foursquare but, this being Android Wear, you’re not limited to just these – remember that standalone apps were introduced with the recent Android 2.0 smartwatch update.

The Montblanc Summit will cost from $890 or €890 when it goes on sale in May.

See more at http://www.montblanc.com/en-gb/discover/specials/summit.html

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
The fastest performance high-definition display, unique vintage design and a highly accurate heart-rate monitor.
Powered by Android Wear
Heart Rate Monitor
Wi-fi Connectivity
Domed Sapphire Cover Glass
All-day Battery
IP68 Water Resistance
1.39″ Round AMOLED Display
46 mm Case Diameter
12.5 mm Case Thickness
Android Wear 2.0
Bluetooth 4.1 BLE Connectivity
Wifi 802.11 b/g/n Connectivity
512 MB RAM speed processing
4GB Flash Storage
All-day (300mAh) battery life
Magnetic Charging Cradle

IP68 Water Resistance — suitable for washing hands and exposure to rain
Compatible with phones running Android 4.3 or higher and iOS9 or higher
1.39″ 400×400 Full Round AMOLED Display
Micro-USB to USB Charging Cable
Documentation
Vibrator and Microphone
Heart Rate Monitor
G-sensor (accelerometer)
Gyroscope (position)
E-compass (orientation)
Barometer (height)
Light Sensor (power modes)

Images: Montblanc