Montblanc has unveiled a new TWIN Smart Strap that can be attached to most watches to make them smart. The TWIN Smart Start features notifications, activity tracking, vibration alerts and can make wireless payments.
According to the luxury watchmaker, the new Montblanc TWIN Smart Strap will “transform traditional timepieces into connected digital companions”
The new Montblanc Twin Smart Strap has two parts – a thin, lightweight smart module with a curved monochrome OLED display and a uniquely designed strap that can be attached on almost any timepiece. Montblanc has enhanced the design of the smart module quite a bit. The module is made of high grade stainless steel and is covered with a curved special glass highly resistant to scratches and shocks. The strap is made of a high-quality rubber composite. The strap acts as a mechanical clasp to fasten the timepiece, with a sophisticated design that blends in with most timepieces. According to Montblanc, the module is IP68 water resistant and can run for up to a week on a single charge.
The most coveted feature of the new TWIN Smart Strap is wireless payment. A digital wallet allow users to make contactless payments, which Montblanc developed in collaboration with Visa and Mastercard. Users can make payments with a simple wrist gesture. The app is programmed to ensure the highest security standards and ease of use. The TWIN Smart Strap is also equipped with security sensors that deactivate the payment function in case of theft or loss, with state-of-the-art data encryption to prevent hacking of credit card data and other personal information.
“With the new TWIN Smart Strap Montblanc has further narrowed the gap between the analogue and digital watchmaking worlds,”explains Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO.
“The idea of a Smart Strap is rooted in the growing desire for digital functionalities to be added to classic timepieces, which are emotional objects with deep history and meaning to their owners. That is why we developed a smart solution that can be attached to most timepieces of any brand. The timepiece remains untouched, while Montblanc TWIN Smart Strap is the innovative companion that elegantly enhances this relationship.”
If you would like to upgrade your mechanical timepiece, the Montblanc TWIN Smart Strap is set to hit the stores starting August with a price tag of around $453 (€390).
The band will be available in four different designs including black calf leather, black nylon, vintage brown calf leather, and black & grey striped nylon.