Square, round, autonomous, dependent on the phone, with the Google platform, or without it, few companies are going to run out without creating a smart clock.
Companies that have spent their lives making watches, and others that come from the world of consumer electronics looking for a piece of cake.
The traditional watch market is huge, with many levels of prices and technologies. A firm as prestigious as the German Montblanc has proposed a way to turn their works of art into intelligent, without having to touch what they consider is already well.
How? Integrating the brain in the part of the belt, independent of the clock itself. In what they denominate like e-Strap, with four centimeters of length, they have included a screen that will collect all the notifications habitual in this type of devices. The idea already we have seen in the T-Band of Kairos , a project that got what it looked for in financing platforms.
Nothing revolutionary, but an approach to the concept smartwatch by a prestigious firm in the world of watches
So, first of all, the contrast is quite shocking to me, we should see the first person solution to determine if the integration is well achieved. Be that as it may, we find it very interesting that signatures of this draft are concerned with the Smartwatch concept.
Unsurprisingly, the e-Strap connects to a mobile application-iOS and Android-to receive notifications, but also has motion sensors inside that will record our activities. From it we can also control multimedia functions on the mobile, even acting as the camera trigger.
Entering specifications, we know that the screen is 0.9 inches, tactile, made with an OLED panel (128×36 pixels). The autonomy of e-Strap is about five days of life. As for connectivity, it has Bluetooth 4.0 low power.
The non-technological part of the strap is made of top quality Italian leather, while the DLC carbon (diamond like carbon) has been used for the e-Strap casing to create a waterproof and shock resistant set. Apparently there will be different versions of the belt, depending on size and color.
The watch comes within the Timewalker Urban Speed Collection family, but the smart strap can be purchased separately and added to existing watches in the catalog. There you have a gallery so that you can know in more detail its design:
There are no dates to market, but prices, starting at 2,990 euros, and rising to 4,690 euros of the most expensive model that incorporates. As we have discussed, the strap will also be available separately, at a price of 250 euros.
The Mechanical Clock Does Not Touch
Could not they have made a smart watch? The Montblanc firm believes that combining technology with luxury is very complicated. Your customers want what they want right now are the mechanical watches they produce. One way to continue with this offer is to make a combo like the one presented to us.
We will see how the market reacts when Apple Watch is available for sale-with luxury versions-and other companies like Intel or Google support new products more related to the world of jewelry.