Will Montblanc e-Strap smart band save mechanical watches from getting extinct?
Yesteryears were dominated by mechanical watches but now it’s the era of smartwatches and other wearables like smart bands. As big electronics brands foray into the elusive smartwatch market, traditional watchmakers like Montblanc are also jumping into the bandwagon to go with the change. Coming up with their own take on wearable technology that doesn’t kill the traditional mechanical watches, Montblanc has revealed its e-Strap band that is an independent 0.9 inch monochromatic OLED notification screen.
The band connects with your smartphone and relays important notifications like a message, email, calendars, reminders or missed call on the tiny screen having 128×36 pixel resolution. Along with that the band will function as an activity tracker courtesy the pedometer and accelerometer sensor. If that’s not enough the band will also behave as a control for phone’s music player and remote camera trigger.
This band has been announced with the new 2015 Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed watches collection and will be available for purchase separately too. The e-Strap will be compatible with Timewalker Urban Speed watches and also other Timewalker watches measuring 42mm or 43mm wide.
There is no word yet on the availability of the Montblanc e-Strap band yet, but it is clear that this wearable device will cost you around 250 pounds ($387 USD approx.) when it is available for purchase. Not surprising, since it will come from a premium luxury brand.