Montblanc has become the first luxury watchmaker to take the plunge into wearable technology, launching the TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap range.
Three watches have been announced, all modified versions of Montblanc’s standard Timewalker pieces. Each watch is fitted with the new e-Strap, an interchangeable leather strap with an integrated touch screen display where one would normally find the buckle or clasp.
The e-Strap connects via Bluetooth to Android and iOS smartphones, and is capable of displaying notifications, remote controls, and “Find-Me” functions. It can also function as an energy tracker.
The touchscreen can therefore provide alerts for incoming emails, texts, calls and social media updates on the inside of the wrist, with vibrations as well as sound alerts.
The activity tracker uses a built-in accelerometer to track the wearer’s physical activity, measuring number of steps taken per day, calculating calories burnt and total distance travelled.
An accompanying smartphone app – see left – enables you to track your progress over weeks and months. The e-Strap can also be configured to deliver regular vibration alerts to remind the wearer to keep active.
The e-Strap’s remote control functions can be used to control music playing from the smartphone, as well as controlling the camera shutter of the smartphone, in situations where it might be easier to reach than the phone itself.
Last but not least, the “Find-Me” function lets you locate your phone (or, vice versa, your watch) within a 30m range.
The e-Strap has an expected battery life of 5 days, after which it can be recharged by micro-USB.
The e-Strap is initially being offered on three Timewalker pieces; the time-only Automatic, the UTC and the Chronograph. The watches have been given a redesign for the new collection, with red bezel detailing and red second hand and subdial hands. The pieces will be available in grey micro-blasted steel or black DLC cases.
They will be available in June 2015 from €2,990 for the Automatic (€3,990 for the UTC and €4,690 for the Chronograph). Montblanc owners keen to upgrade their Timewalker can purchase the e-Strap on its own for €350.
For more info: montblanc.com