Does Montblanc have the answer to a smart generation?
Does Montblanc have the answer to a Smart generation?
As traditional meets technical, Montblanc gets stylish with its new Summit smartwatch.
With the looks of a Swiss watch and the brains of an Android Wear smartwatch, Montblanc answers the luxury lover’s digital needs with its new Summit smartwatch. If you’re looking for a dressier looking smartwatch, Montblanc’s hit the nail on the head with its latest launch.
From afar, the Summit looks like your classic Swiss watch; based on the designs of Montblanc’s award-winning vintage-inspired 1858 collection. But Montblanc has cleverly combined its heritage for crafting stylish, mechanical timepieces with the gadget-led category of ‘wearable technology,’ heralding it as “a new era in luxury wearables for men”.
Montblanc CEO Jérome Lambert explained the thinking behind the launch to watch website Hodinkee: “I was practicing mountaineering in Switzerland, experimenting showed me my traditional running watch wasn’t capable of what I needed and my fine watches weren’t either. I was frustrated that after 11 years in fine watchmaking, I couldn’t find a proper tool.” So he went out and designed one.
Style is definitely the USP of this collection and a key differentia from the current crop of Android Wear smartwatches on the market. At 46mm in size and 12.5mm in height, it’s a chunkier timepiece with a thicker set build. Looks can be deceptive though, as the high grade titanium and stainless steel materials used to manufacture the watch make it surprisingly very light, also due to the lack of a weighty movement inside.
The Summit’s design includes a selection of watch faces, including those styled after the 1858 collection watches and the newer Timewalker models. They are digital versions of Montblanc’s classic dial designs; with a new face due to be released regularly, making the watch highly customisable.
The Summit uses Android Wear 2.0, released in partnership with Google, and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, a 300mAh battery (which will need to be charged daily) and a magnetic charging cradle. To give the feeling of a mechanical watch on the wrist, the display is covered by domed sapphire glass which is a “world first in smartwatches,” according to the brand.
Montblanc has lent its distinctive handwriting to the smartwatch category and offered a stylish alternative for the Smart generation. Discover more about the watch’s functions in our article ‘5 cool things the new Montblanc Summit can do.’