The journey to any mountain top is usually paved with obstacles. But you can’t call yourself the brand of the snowcapped mountain peak unless you can overcome such obstacles and reach that summit with pride and glory. That is exactly what Montblanc has been doing time and again, especially with the recent launch of its first smartwatch, Montblanc Summit, in cooperation with Google. To “Be Ahead” of time, we flew off with the brand to London to discover how fine watchmaking codes were introduced to the connected watch world.
Technology for a mechanical watch look
The luxury smartwatch is powered by the most advanced technologies on the market, Android Wear™ 2.0, Google’s latest operating system for smartwatches, and the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 2100 processor. Running on Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon chipset, it guarantees the most advanced performance and optimal battery efficiency of 1 full day. But do not be fooled; going high tech does not take over the timepiece’s mechanical watch look. In a smartwatch world first, the display is covered by a slightly curved sapphire glass, thus giving the piece the aspect of a mechanical watch on the wrist.
Vintage design, futuristic mind
The Montblanc Summit was thought of as a one-of-a-kind vintage design expression to inspire younger generations who appreciate a face-lifted vintage look. With the 1858 collection being the main inspiration for the 46mm watch case design and for the classic watch faces, the contrast with the high quality steel and titanium cases, in addition to the contemporary straps is simply very attractive. The watch features microphones where users can ask their Google Assistant to search for all kinds of information, directions, translations, or for help performing tasks like setting reminders or dictating emails. It’s not that you’ll become lazy, no, it’s just a matter of practicality and assistance in today’s hectic life.
‘Be Ahead’, be healthy
Hectic times call for healthy measures? The Summit is here to oblige; with different fitness features, tracking vital signs and exercising habits becomes much easier. The mechanical protrusion at the back of the watch provides one of the most accurate integrated heart-rate monitor for wearable devices. On the other side, the timepiece shows daily fitness progress in the shape of a summit through the specially-conceived Montblanc sports watch face. A unique collaboration with Runtastic is also pre-loaded onto each Summit piece, allowing users to monitor their heart and keeping them on track towards their fitness goals.
Bespoke and personal
Montblanc took all tastes and preferences into consideration while coming up with the Summit’s various styles. More than 300 different wearable combinations enable each user to personalize their watch according to their needs and style. A bespoke service is also possible for those who prefer designing their very own bespoke dial, their very own “summit” to reach. Working hand-in-hand with the Montblanc Creative Director, designers and engineers will allow the wearer to create a very unique watch face, available exclusively to them, a ‘one of a kind’ in every sense of the word.
The Montblanc Summit is an ideal travel companion for an easier, quicker and smarter journey, leaving you to focus on what really matters: being ahead. The timepiece will be available as of May 2017, so, grab yours as soon as possible and change the way your day goes by!