Mont­blanc mar­ries the mechanical world with the dig­i­tal life

AugustMan (Malaysia) - - Con­tents - WORDS BY FARHAN SHAH PHO­TOS BY MONT­BLANC

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

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