Montblanc Has Entered the Smartwatch Scene With its Montblanc Summit
The old guard of watchmaking has been cautious about moving into the smartwatch scene. Silicon chips and software have a hard time pulling off the timeless perfection of 200 individual moving mechanical pieces.
Montblanc knows when to get expertise to help create a solid product though/ Monblanc’s first smartwatch—the Montblanc Summit uses Android Wear 2.0, Google’s latest operating system for smartwatches, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor.
Montblanc has been concious of sticking to their roots. As such, the award-winning 1858 collection has served as the main inspiration for the 46mm watch case design, as well as for the classic watch faces, which are a digital representation of the 1858 collection.
In the creation of the Summit’s design, Montblanc created a one-of-a-kind vintage design, accompanied with high quality steel, titanium cases and contemporary straps to evoke the feeling of a mechanical watch on the wrist. In what is considered a world first in smartwatches, the Summit’s display is covered by a slightly curved sapphire glass.
“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 Jérôme 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.”
Additionally, it worked with Qualcomm Technologies to put its Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor to full use, to deliver high performance while maximizing battery life. The processor makes it possible for users to experience a highly responsive, fluid user interface (UI), move seamlessly between applications, personalise the look-and-feel through a range of apps and watch faces, and enjo Google Assistant and Music on the move.
The watch has a water resistance of IP68 and runs on a 300 mAh battery. It’s 1.39″ full circle AMOLED display has a 400×400 (286 ppi) resolution, and packs 4GB of storage.
The Montblanc Summit is expected to sell for about $1360.