Montblanc Summit: Our first take

If luxurious have been measured by dimension, the $890 Montblanc Summit can be essentially the most luxurious Android Put on smartwatch on this planet.

Simply when the world gave the impression to be dropping curiosity in smartwatches, alongside comes a brand new luxurious possibility from Montblanc, a German model greatest recognized for its lovely pens, leather-based items, and a spread of mechanical watches. It’s known as the Montblanc Summit, and it’s going to value you at the least $890 if you need one in your wrist. That’s some huge cash for a smartwatch, particularly when curiosity amongst common individuals isn’t precisely excessive, so is it value a glance?

Made for (big-wristed) vacationers

100 years in the past, Montblanc recognized an issue confronted by many vacationers on the time: fountain pens leaked within the pockets of well-to-do folks, so it made a fountain pen that didn’t leak. Since then, it has focused on seducing vacationers with its merchandise, and the Summit isn’t any exception.

After we say the Montblanc Summit is for individuals with giant wrists, we actually imply it.

Strapped on the wrist of a jet-setter navigating airports, accommodations, and cities, the Summit will probably be there to ship notifications, health knowledge, and useful journey suggestions and recommendation from a number of companion apps. Google Assistant is onboard for voice management when your fingers are full with boarding passes and Mont Blanc weekend luggage.

It’s an evocative imaginative and prescient, and relaxation assured if you’re working via the airport lounge, everybody will discover the Summit in your wrist. As a result of it’s large. The physique measures 46mm, and on my wrist, the lugs prolonged over both sides, so it refused to suit beneath the cuff of my shirt. Refined it’s not, neither is it a look ahead to these of slender wrist.

Domed sapphire glass

For the Summit, Montblanc has taken inspiration from the design of its 1858 mechanical watch assortment. The stainless-steel watch is available in both a refined end, black, a mixture of each, or grade 5 titanium. Every has an IP68 waterproof ranking. Look carefully, and also you’ll decide up on the design particulars taken from the 1858 watches, such because the satinated sides and horns, the polished part of the bezel, and the flashy crown.

Pay specific consideration to the sapphire glass excessive of the 1.Four-inch, 400 x 400 pixel, AMOLED display screen, which has a slight dome to it. It appears excellent, method higher than the flat screens seen on most different smartwatches, and is an attention-grabbing characteristic that provides the Summit a novel model. It was a problem to develop, as sustaining contact sensitivity was robust however important.

After attempting the totally different fashions on, it was the mixed black and polished stainless-steel that appealed most when matched with the black leather-based strap. For sporting use, Montblanc has made a particular pure rubber strap, which truly appears and appears like comfortable cloth, however will keep snug when sweating it out within the fitness center. It is available in blue, inexperienced, and purple, in a very lengthy size. We checked to see if it was merely a protracted model, nevertheless it’s not. The leather-based strap was additionally fairly giant, and even the tightest gap nonetheless noticed the watch hold a bit of loosely. After we say the Montblanc Summit is for individuals with giant wrists, we actually imply it.

Expertise inside

In contrast to Tag Heuer’s Carrera Related watch, which makes use of an Intel platform, the Summit has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 processor that’s specifically engineered for wearable expertise. It comes with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of inner space for storing, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and the standard array of sensors. It doesn’t have GPS or the flexibility to make calls, however there’s a microphone for conversing with Google Assistant, which is a part of the Android Put on 2.zero working system. It was clean and quick in our transient time utilizing it.

Beneath the physique is a coronary heart price monitor, which slightly than lay flat, sits barely proud. That is to make sure a greater reference to the pores and skin, and due to this fact a extra correct studying. The 350mAh battery will final a day and is charged on a plastic plinth that’s the least luxurious facet of the Summit.

Montblanc has teamed up with Uber, Foursquare, and Runtastic for the Summit, and every has its app pre-installed on the watch. There are numerous Montblanc watch faces, all modeled after the 1858 assortment, with working chronographs, lap timers, intelligent problems, and a few stylistic touches like digital reflective surfaces that glint if you transfer the watch, so as to add some glamor.

Value and availability

The Montblanc Summit is now accessible and the fundamental watch in stainless-steel or black with a black leather-based strap prices $890, or $930 with the pure rubber or brown Italian leather-based strap. A restricted version alligator leather-based strap will even be made, and with it, the Summit will value $980. Go for the grade 5 titanium physique, and the costs begin at $980 and rise to $1,070 with the alligator leather-based strap. All of the straps could be bought individually, beginning at $100 for the black leather-based model, as much as $250 for the alligator leather-based strap.

Montblanc Summit Hands on

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For the fabulously rich, Montblanc presents a personalization service, the place you possibly can design your personal dial for the Summit, working immediately with the designers. The worth for this unique service? A mere 15,000 euros, or about $16,100.

For the primary two weeks of launch, which began on Might 12, the Montblanc Summit will probably be completely accessible via online retailer Mr. Porter, after which it’s going to attain Montblanc shops and companions within the U.S. and Europe.

Go huge, or go residence

There’s little question Montblanc goes all-in with the Summit, utterly embracing the smartwatch, and giving its followers a model of which they are going to be proud. Exterior of partnerships with Qualcomm and Google, the corporate went out and sourced the most effective elements it might discover for the Summit, then used Swiss experience for the design, development, and distinctive parts such because the pure rubber strap and domed display screen. It considers the end result the most effective smartwatch it might make, and one which shouldn’t be seen as a classy fad, however as a real different to its mechanical watches, which inserts in with the agency’s ethos.

The 350mAh battery will final a day and is charged on a plastic plinth.

That’s all wonderful for those who’re a Montblanc devotee with sufficient disposable money that spending practically $900 on a smartwatch doesn’t warrant a second thought. For the remainder of us, it’s a significantly tougher choice. The Summit is technically the identical as a $300 Fossil Q Marshal, and technically inferior to the brand new Huawei Watch 2 which will value round $400; so if the specs matter to you, it’s unlikely to tick all of the bins.

Maybe this might be forgiven if the Summit was completely beautiful, and we couldn’t take our eyes off it for greater than a second. Sadly, though we like particular person components of it, the Summit didn’t seize us precisely that method. Certain, we couldn’t cease wanting, however the one motive is as a result of, at this dimension, it’s unimaginable to overlook.


  • Attractive domed sapphire glass
  • Distinctive particular person parts add model
  • Water-resistant
  • Engaging watch faces and straps


  • Costly
  • Large
  • Charging plinth appears low cost

Article initially printed in March 2017. Up to date on 05-12-2017 by Christian de Looper: Added information that Montblanc Summit is offered.

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