Montblanc unveiled today the Summit, its first smartwatch. Developed in cooperation with Google, the Montblanc Summit combines fine watchmaking with Android Wear 2.0, Google’s latest operating system for smartwatches, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, one of the most advanced and powerful wearables processors in the market for smartwatches.
Interestingly, this high-end smartwatch displays a classic and vintage look, somehow hiding the powerful digital technologies equipping it.
The award-winning 1858 collection has served as the main inspiration for the 46 mm watch case design, as well as for the classic watch faces, which are a digital representation of the 1858 collection.
The case comes in a choice of four different materials and styles: black PVD coated stainless steel, a 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 also with satinated finish. Each timepiece is fitted with a pusher in the design of the iconic crown from the 1858 collection.
In order to give the feeling of a traditional watch on the wrist, the timepiece’s high-contrast AMOLED display is covered by a slightly curved sapphire glass, which is a world first in smartwatches.
The Android Wear 2.0 operating system for smartwatches offers the most advanced software and functionality while delivering compatibility with Android and iOS devices.
Additionally, Montblanc worked with Qualcomm Technologies to maximize battery life (a full day) and take full advantage of the powerful processor which makes it possible for Montblanc Summit users to experience a responsive, fluid user interface which allows the user to move from one application to the next, personalize the look-and-feel through a range of apps and watch faces. New watch face will also be unveiled regularly (available to download on the store), for those who like to switch and change dials.
Each timepiece has a water-resistant standard of IP68 making it resilient to the splashes of everyday life. The watch features a microphone for voice commands and numerous sensors: a heart-rate monitor, and sensors for measuring steps and activities; a gyroscope and a compass to measure the orientation of your watch; a barometer that can indicate the altitude, and an ambient light sensor that automatically adapts the brightness of your screen according to the lighting conditions.
The Google play Music app allows the synchronization of music into the Summit’s internal memory. Like this, music plays directly into the Bluetooth headphones during exercise, without the need to take a phone along for a run.
Another highly practical tool when travelling is the voice-activated translator, which can give direct translations from a multitude of languages directly to the watch’s display.
The watch can be charged via micro USB on a magnetic Montblanc dock. It connects via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and features 4GB Flash storage that can be used to sync and play music without the need of a smartphone.
Eight different straps offer an extensive choice of styles for every taste and occasion. A sporty, water-resistant rubber NATO strap is available in black, blue, green or red; a black calfskin leather strap provides a classic look; a brown or navy blue Sfumato calfskin leather strap from the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence brings a sophisticated style and, finally, an exclusive alligator strap. Straps can be easily exchanged via the quick-release spring bars for a multitude of looks and moods.