It seems the allure of smart watches is too much for luxury brands to ignore and this time German based Montblanc has signaled their intention to ride on this second mover advantage. The new Montblanc Summit is the latest in a series of smart watches recently that have opted to utilise Google’s Android Wear in their efforts to reach tech saavy younger consumers with a discerning taste for luxury.
Harnessing the full potential of Android Wear 2.0 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip, users can tap on Google Assistant, receive notifications and make calls, customise watch faces and even navigate right on the watch display seamlessly.
In terms of make, think domed sapphire glass, high quality steel, titanium cases and contemporary straps that give the feeling of a mechanical watch on the wrist.
Montblanc Summit Features:
- Android Wear 2.0
- Bluetooth 4.1 BLE and Wifi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity
- 512 MB RAM Speed Processing
- 4GB flash Storage
- 300 mAh battery for a day of usage
- IP68 Water Resistance, not suitable for swimming
- 1.39″ 400×400 full round AMOLED display
- Compatible with phones running Android 4.3 or higher and iOS9 or higher
- Vibrator and microphone
- Wrist based heart rate monitoring
- Accelerometer, Gyroscope, E-compass, Barometer, Light sensor
Despite the fact that it’s backed by a luxury brand, there’s very little about the new Montblanc Summit that states otherwise. On the contrary, the watch is actually decently endowed with numerous sensors and even a barometer which high end multi-sport watches like Garmin’s Forerunner 735XT and Suunto Spartan Sport lack. There’s also on board storage for music, BLE, Wifi and optical heart rate sensors. Strangely there’s a stark absence of GPS given the wrist based HR, electronic compass and barometer. This will no doubt dent the effectiveness of Android Wear 2.0 independent fitness apps such as Strava. Perhaps Montblanc has plans for tethering the smart watch to the connect mobile devices which will still drain battery both ways. The inclusion of a GPS chip would have solved all these issues.
Like a curse that befalls all Android Wear, battery life continues to plague smart watches and the Montblanc Summit is no exception. While it may be advertised as running a full day on a single charge, we all know too well it’s heavily dependent on screen brightness levels and how heavily the features are taxed.
Montblanc Summit will be available from May 2017 with a starting RSP of € 890. MR PORTER, the online retail destination for men’s style, will be the exclusive global launch partner for two weeks before being widely available on the Montblanc website and through all Montblanc retail channels. For more information visit www.montblanc.com