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Two years af­ter dip­ping its toes into dig­i­tal waters with its e-strap, Mont­blanc has be­come the first Richemont brand to pro­duce a smart­watch. “We hope the new Sum­mit smart­watch shows cus­tomers new and old that Mont­blanc is rooted in in­no­va­tion and adapts to what the mod­ern pro­fes­sional needs,” said the brand’s CEO, Jérôme Lam­bert, at the 950 USD watch’s un­veil­ing. In­ter­est­ingly, the com­pany ad­mit­ted they had been work­ing on this prod­uct for some time but waited for the re­lease of An­droid Wear 2.0, as this lat­est in­car­na­tion of Google’s wear­able plat­form works for IOS users too. Your first im­pres­sion of the watch will be that it’s big, 46mm big in fact. “The large face, made with curved sap­phire crys­tal, al­lows for users to play in var­i­ous apps and text or email with ease,” Lam­bert ex­plained. And like TAG Heuer’s new smart­watch, it’s highly cus­tomis­able too, with four dif­fer­ent colour vari­ants and eight strap op­tions. In tech terms, Sum­mit, which has a bat­tery life of about a day, fea­tures a touch-screen dis­play, heart-rate mon­i­tor, barom­e­ter and a 4GB Flash stor­age that can be used to sync and play mu­sic with­out the need of a smart­phone. It doesn’t how­ever have a speaker or an NFC pay­ment chip though, which means you won’t be able to make calls or use An­droid Pay. Fu­ture ver­sions surely will, and we’re told Mont­blanc is also look­ing at the in­te­gra­tion of the Sum­mit with their Aug­mented Pa­per (pa­per note­books that record your writ­ing into the cloud). This may not sound like much but we think it could prove a god­send to those want­ing to work on flights where tablets and lap­tops are banned.

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