Mr. Lambert, this is your last watch as CEO of Montblanc. Why make it a smart watch instead of a mechanical one?
JL: It was not a choice in that way. Until November I had no clue that I was going to become Head of Operations for the Richemont Group and this launch was planned long before then. Montblanc is made up of 3,000 people, it is not an extension of the CEO’s personality. It is a maison with a strong personality and passion for innovation, which makes it receptive to new technology. This will continue long after I have left my current post as there will be no change in the team – indeed the new CEO Nicolas has been there for four years already. The team will bring the company to a new stage of development and renewal of top management will bring new initiative and ideas.
So, this sort of technology is a good fit for Montblanc?
JL: Absolutely. I love mechanical watches. I have been involved with fine watchmaking for a long, long time but due to my work I also carry a lot of gadgets with me. I have been testing Summit for the past six weeks and having access to all the functions that it offers made me see that it is a great second watch for lovers of haute horlogerie because there are times when you just need something else. I am very sporty and the heartbeat monitor in Summit is so simple – unlike the chest monitor I used to use, which was restricting and awkward.
The notifications function is also great. Before, if I was in a meeting and expecting an important email, I would be watching my phone all the time, which meant I wasn’t focused and could be interpreted as impolite. Now, through vibration and three words on the screen, I know what a message is about. Previously, when I was with my family, I would always have my phone in my hand, but the watch is so much less obtrusive.