For the modern man, with a fast-moving lifestyle and the constant juggling of work, family and health, a The Wind Up – Watch News #249 can be an essential piece of kit. A computer on your wrist that can track your sleep, workouts and appointments. Need to buy your wife or girlfriend flowers? Leave a reminder on your smartwatch. Did you then forgot to get the flowers? Use that lump of plastic on your wrist to check your blood pressure. But what if you need an elegant watch, with a traditional analogue dial to wear on a date or in the boardroom? Suddenly the typical smartwatch is less appealing.
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German luxury brand Montblanc has addressed this with its Summit line – offering watches with cutting-edge tech that also featured classic cases and traditional dial layouts. The Summit 3 is the latest iteration and the best yet. For such a complex tool, the concept is remarkably simple – Montblanc wanted to create a smartwatch with aesthetic versatility to match the functional adaptability. With that in mind, the Summit comes in three variations – titanium, black titanium and a bi-colour model. Titanium is lighter and stronger than steel making it an ideal choice for an all-purpose watch.
The hand-crafted case is classically styled, with the shape and wearability of a traditional luxury watch. At 42mm it’s modestly sized and features a familiar crown and pushers. Montblanc has opted for a high-quality hand-made calf leather strap that enhances the feeling that you’re wearing a premium mechanical watch. Remember, versatility is key, so the watch has leather for elegance and an additional rubber strap for an active look.
The personalisation continues with the dial, one of the features that sets the Summit 3 apart from popular smartwatches from Apple and Samsung. This watch face can be personalised and includes options to display dials influenced by the brand’s watchmaking heritage. Montblanc fans will recognise Geosphere, Bohème and 1858 dials.
“The Montblanc Summit 3 smartwatch takes luxury smart watchmaking to new heights, pairing premium materials with all the functionalities our clients need as they navigate their day more seamlessly and effectively. The personalisation options are also extensive as to reflect different style identities,” says Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO.
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As you’d expect from a smartwatch at this price point, the features are among the best currently available. There’s a full suite of personal health features and a fitness app, all powered by Google’s Wear OS. There’s the option to install extra apps in addition to standards like Google Maps, Play and Pay. The Montblanc Summit 3 is a smartwatch with a difference. It places as much emphasis on the handsome exterior as it does on cutting-edge technology. It feels like a luxury watch with boatloads of functionality rather than a computer with a watch strap.
Montblanc Summit 3 Smartwatch
Strap: Hand-made Calfskin and Rubber
Case: Gray Titanium, Black Titanium or Bi-Colour Titanium
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Operating System: Wear OS by Google
Water Resistance: 50M
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