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A Twist of the Wrist: The Montblanc
TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap
With Apple’s smart watch hitting the market, we can declare the era of smart watch rivalry officially started. However, not everyone is ready to abandon the precision engineering and painstaking artisanship of mechanical watches. In attempt to strike a good balance between wearable technology and fine watchmaking in the centuries-old horological tradition, Luxury watchmaker Montblanc has introduced the TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap, which adds useful digital functionality to the maison’s contemporary TimeWalker timepieces, while keeping the watches themselves all-mechanical.
The e-Strap is an interchangeable strap, with an integrated technology device that offers digital functionality and connects via Bluetooth Low Energy to selected Android and iOS smartphones. It has an inbuilt touch screen display, readable in daylight, to display the information and navigate through the functionalities. The technical device is encapsulated in a stainless steel case with rubber protection and can be easily fixed and adjusted with the pass-through strap made of the innovative Montblanc Extreme Leather.
Depending on usage, the device needs to be recharged every 5 days using a standard micro-USB cable. The e-Strap is compatible with Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Note 3, Note 4, selected Android Devices running Android 4.3 and upwards as well as Apple iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6 and 6 plus.
The e-Strap comes conjointly with an extension of the Montblanc TimeWalker watch family that introduces three new models – all equipped with mechanical automatic winding movements that lives up to the highest standards of traditional Swiss fine watchmaking. This line extension includes a chronograph, a UTC (United Time Coordinated) with a second time zone, and a three hands watch with the essential functionality of hours, minutes, seconds and date.
What can the e-strap do?
Smart notifications, signaled by vibrations, provide an alert of incoming communication without the need to look at the smartphone. It enables the preview of e-mails by topic and sender, read text messages, see incoming calls and status updates of social media feeds or reminders of important upcoming meetings, all on the wrist.
The activity tracker is a simple tool to monitor the wearer´s physical activity over time and keep track of his personal daily goals. To do so, it measures the number of steps taken per day, calories burnt and the distance travelled. The accompanying smartphone application enables the tracking of progress per week and month. The e-Strap will remind the wearer to stay active through unobtrusive vibration alerts and show at a glance the daily progress.
The remote controls are useful for controlling the smartphone with the e-Strap. The camera remote enables the taking of pictures with the smartphone by triggering the shutter with a tap on the e-Strap thus allowing better and easier selfies or group shots. Playing, pausing, and skipping music on the smartphone can be also remotely steered with the music control function of the e-Strap.
Additionally, the Find-Me function allows searching for the watch or phone within a range of up to 30 meters, either by tapping on the e-Strap to find the smartphone or by using the smartphone application to find the watch.
The Montblanc TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap series will be available in June with prices ranging from US$3,750 for the automatic to US$,600 for the chronograph. The e-Strap is also available separately for US$418.