In an update to 2015’s e-Strap, Montblanc has announced the follow-up iOS compatible Twin Smart Strap.
In stores from August and with a starting RSP of €390, the Twin Smart Strap is once again a watch strap with an under-wrist ‘smart module’ designed to be worn behind a conventional topside-of-the-wrist watch head. But, builds on the success of the e-Strap’s formula with a host of new features and options.
Controlled by two buttons on the module, features include: the new Montblanc Pay contactless digital wallet (developed in partnership with Visa and MasterCard), bluetooth connectivity, a daily activity tracker, and iPhone-synched notification alerts (both vibration and LED light array display).
The module itself is a sleek combination of polished stainless steel and SR+ Glass, ergonomically curved to hug the wrist, which also neatly doubles up as a clasp for the strap. It is water resistant to an IP68 rating and boasts a battery life of up to one week off a single charge.
The strap, on the other hand, is built off a sturdy rubber base and available in either 20 or 22mm lug width and with a choice of four ‘upper’ options; black calf leather, vintage brown calf leather, black nylon, or black and grey striped nylon.
“The idea of the 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” extols Montblanc’s CEO, Nicolas Baretzki. He continues: “That is why we developed a smart solution that can be attached to most timepieces of any brand. The timepiece remains untouched, while Montblanc’s Twin Smart Strap is the innovative companion that elegantly enhances this relationship.”