Montblanc marries the mechanical world with the digital life
The Montblanc Twin Smart Strap marries the mechanical world with digital technology, bringing convenience to the modern life
THE DEBATE BETWEEN mechanical timepieces and smartwatches rages on but Montblanc has engineered a happy medium ‒ a smart clasp, which it dubs the Twin Smart Strap. The device comprises two parts: a smart module that does the digital heavy lifting and a specially designed strap that can be affixed to most watches, not just the ones from Montblanc.
The smart module can receive notifications, track your fitness, and act as a mobile payment solution with Montblanc’s new Pay platform. Crafted out of stainless steel, the sort used by watchmakers, and scratch-resistant glass, the light waterresistant module works in conjunction with a companion app that’s available on Android phones and iPhones. And it can last for a week on a full charge.
The strap itself is made of a high-quality rubber composite although you can personalise the upper part with different types of leather and nylon to match your timepiece. Using the smart strap is surprisingly easy. Once the digital connection is solidified between strap and phone, you’ll automatically receive notifications through the OLED display. Your day’s fitness activity will also be recorded and can be accessed in the app.
We appreciate the functionality of a smartwatch. But its innately transient characteristic left us feeling a bit hollow, which is why we always prefer mechanical timepieces. The Montblanc Twin Smart Strap, however, might take up permanent residence on our wrists. And at a price of $620, it could just about convince any automatic watch devotee to take the digital plunge. AM