Montblanc Summit: Our first take

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

Simply when the world gave the impression to be shedding curiosity in smartwatches, alongside comes a brand new luxurious choice from Montblanc, a German model finest identified 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 price you not less than $890 if you’d like one in your wrist. That’s some huge cash for a smartwatch, particularly when curiosity amongst common folks isn’t precisely excessive, so is it price 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 targeting seducing vacationers with its merchandise, and the Summit isn’t any exception.

Once we say the Montblanc Summit is for folks with massive wrists, we actually imply it.

Strapped on the wrist of a jet-setter navigating airports, inns, and cities, the Summit might be there to ship notifications, health information, and useful journey ideas and recommendation from a collection of companion apps. Google Assistant is onboard for voice management when your fingers are full with boarding passes and Mont Blanc weekend baggage.

It’s an evocative imaginative and prescient, and relaxation assured once you’re operating by way of 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. Delicate 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 mix of each, or grade 5 titanium. Every has an IP68 waterproof score. Look intently, 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 explicit consideration to the sapphire glass excessive of the 1.Four-inch, 400 x 400 pixel, AMOLED display, which has a slight dome to it. It seems to be excellent, method higher than the flat screens seen on most different smartwatches, and is an eye catching characteristic that offers the Summit a singular fashion. It was a problem to develop, as sustaining contact sensitivity was powerful however important.

After making an attempt the completely 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 seems to be and looks like comfortable cloth, however will keep snug when sweating it out within the health club. It is available in blue, inexperienced, and pink, 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 massive, and even the tightest gap nonetheless noticed the watch hold somewhat loosely. Once we say the Montblanc Summit is for folks with massive wrists, we actually imply it.

Know-how 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 know-how. It comes with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of inner space for storing, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and the same old array of sensors. It doesn’t have GPS or the power to make calls, however there’s a microphone for conversing with Google Assistant, which is a part of the Android Put on working system. It was clean and quick in our temporary time utilizing it.

Beneath the physique is a coronary heart charge monitor, which moderately 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 once you transfer the watch, so as to add some glamor.

Value and availability

The Montblanc Summit is now accessible and the essential 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 may even be made, and with it, the Summit will price $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 will 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 provides a personalization service, the place you may design your personal dial for the Summit, working straight 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 Could 12, the Montblanc Summit might be solely accessible by way of online retailer Mr. Porter, after which it’s going to attain Montblanc shops and companions within the U.S. and Europe.

Go massive, or go residence

There’s little doubt Montblanc goes all-in with the Summit, fully embracing the smartwatch, and giving its followers a model of which they are going to be proud. Outdoors of partnerships with Qualcomm and Google, the corporate went out and sourced the perfect elements it might discover for the Summit, then used Swiss experience for the design, building, and distinctive components such because the pure rubber strap and domed display. It considers the outcome the perfect 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 high-quality should you’re a Montblanc devotee with sufficient disposable money that spending almost $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 that will price round $400; so if the specs matter to you, it’s unlikely to tick all of the bins.

Maybe this may very well be forgiven if the Summit was completely attractive, and we couldn’t take our eyes off it for greater than a second. Sadly, though we like particular person elements of it, the Summit didn’t seize us precisely that method. Certain, we couldn’t cease wanting, however the one purpose is as a result of, at this measurement, it’s unattainable to overlook.


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


  • Costly
  • Huge
  • Charging plinth seems to be 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.