Contemporary conundrum, first world problem, call it what you will, but the outpouring of smartwatches is creating a void on the wrists of those who who still admire and crave the aesthetics of a mechanical watch movement. A void that has inspired Montblanc (and Montblanc's bottom line) to offer timepiece enthusiasts a means of advancing with technology without sacrificing their loyalty to horological tradition and class. The e-Strap is a watch band with integrated smartwatch designed specifically to pair with Montblanc's TimeWalker watches.
The TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap will be available in June 2015, at an anticipated starting price of around $3,750, or a strap-only cost of $400. The e-Strap is an interchangeable band whose built-in smartwatch serves as an activity tracker, notification device, re mote control, and Find-Me accessory. The e-Strap will connect via Bluetooth Low Energy to selected Android and iOS smartphones (e.g. Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Note 3, Note 4, Apple iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 plus.)
e-Strap smart notifications will be signaled via vibrations, and the smartwatch screen will display: emails by topic and sender; full text messages; incoming caller ID information; and social media updates. Its activity tracker includes a pedometer, calorie counter, and distance recorder. Remote controls connect to the synced smartphone for functions such as silencer a ringer and serving as a photo shutter button. The Find-Me feature will search for your watch or phone within a range of up to 30 meters.