More and more classic watch and fashion companies are jumping into the world of smartwatches and wearables, and the luxury market isn’t being left behind, as shown by the two smartwatches made by Louis Vuitton and Montblanc.
Montblanc Summit: Elegance at a premium price
The Montblanc Summit is definitely not a small and inconspicuous smartwatch and yet, it is sleek and elegant. Its housing, optionally made of stainless steel or titanium, measures 44-47 millimeters, depending on the model. Thus, the Montblanc Summit is a bit too heavy for slimmer wrists but just big enough for many people. The watch’s craftsmanship is perfect; the leather armband is somewhat stiff at first, but it is extremely high quality. Its stainless-steel crown on the side doesn’t quite match its good visual impression, since it’s just for decoration and can’t even be turned. Montblanc should have saved itself the trouble, although “saving” is something that isn’t hugely important for this target audience.
The Montblanc Summit’s default watch face has a similar style to classic watches and is pleasant thanks to its sleek elegance. A Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor ticks on the inside, and it runs Android Wear 2.0 operating system. The Summit is IP68-certified – according to the manufacturer, this provides protection from rain, sweat and hand washing, but not explicitly from underwater submersion. 4GB of internal storage, a 400 x 400-pixel display, along with a heart rate monitor are also housed inside the Montblanc smartwatch’s 12.5 millimeter-thick housing.
Montblanc Summit – a sleek watch with a fake crown. / © AndroidPIT
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