Montblanc is the latest luxury Swiss brand to take fine watchmaking into the digital age with the new Summit, its first ever smartwatch
There’s no denying that technological advances in luxury watchmaking are getting bigger, bolder and braver. Hot on the heels of TAG Heuer’s second smartwatch, the Connected Modular 45, comes the first smartwatch from a Richemont brand: the Montblanc Summit – and it will be available to purchase at our showrooms later this month.
The Summit is the first smartwatch from Montblanc, bringing together fine watchmaking and Google’s Android Wear 2.0 operating system. It also incorporates the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, which guarantees high performance combined with optimised battery life.
First of all, let’s take a look at the design. Montblanc wanted its first smartwatch to have a vintage look and feel, which is why it has taken its classic 1858 collection as the Summit’s starting point (the watch offers digital representations of 1858 dials). For those who prefer a sportier look, there’s a version of this smartwatch with a Timewalker Urban Speed watch face that features an automatic date or chronograph complication. If that’s not enough to satisfy your need for variety, Montblanc will also be regularly unveiling new faces (available to download on the app store), so you can switch and change between as many dials as you please.
There are four different Summit models: in black PVD stainless steel, stainless steel with a black PVD bezel, stainless steel with a satin finish and grade five titanium with a satin finish. In spite of its hefty 46mm case size, the Summit is incredibly lightweight, while its display is protected by curved sapphire glass – a world first for a smartwatch.
Technology-wise, the Summit offers the full range of smartwatch features including a touchscreen display, microphone for voice commands, heart-rate monitor, sensors for measuring steps and activities, gyroscope, compass, barometer and an ambient light sensor that automatically adapts the brightness of your screen according to the lighting conditions. Each timepiece also has a water-resistant standard of IP68, which means it is protected against life’s daily splashes.
‘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,’ says 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.’
The Summit watch comes with a variety of colourful, on-trend straps (black calf leather, black NATO rubber, brown Sfumato Pelletteria (leather), red NATO rubber and navy blue NATO rubber). It will be available at the end of May in our showrooms and online (from £765).