Montblanc, a brand known for its luxury accessories, including its high-end expensive mechanical watches and pens, wants to show that their so called dumb-watches can still compete the new generation watches – Smartwatches, by giving it a electronic add-on.
The add-on is necessarily a monochromatic OLED touchscreen which is almost an inch, it pairs up with your Android or iOS running ‘selected’ devices via a low energy Bluetooth connectivity and display the necessary details like notifications, texts and emails pretty clearly on the screen. The text is shown in one to two line but can be scrolled down easily to view other details, after all its just a small screen.
The surprising thing is that this OLED display is attached to the ‘back’ part of the wrist band, that means you need to turn your wrist face up to view the screen and go through your notifications or appointments.
The whole watch looks the same from the front, the classical type time-piece, fancy of course. The size of the Smart display on the back has been compromised so that it fits with the width of the wrist band of the watch, therefore its unlikely that the e-strap will affect the look of your ‘costly’ watch, though it might feel like an extra weight but it does its job quite effectively.
The add-on E-strap costs around $300 (£195, AU$370). While the fancy watch itself costs more than two to three smartwatches. For instance, the company’s timeWalker series has the price range from $3000 to $9000. Whereas even the Apple watch can be bought around $349. So is it worth it? We personally are against it, but we’re not stopping any watch-enthusiasts to go buy them. Moreover, if you plan to buy, you get the look of a top-notch classical watch with the functionality of a typical smartwatch.