Montblac bridges the analogue and digital watchmaking worlds with an innovative Montblanc TWIN Smart Strap, an accessory that can be attached to most timepieces to upgrade them with the smart features. The elegant solution transforms any mechanical timepiece into a connected companion that can receive notifications, track fitness and serve as a mobile payment solution with the new Montblanc Pay payment platform.
Montblanc TWIN Smart Strap comprises two parts – a smart module with a curved display and a specially designed strap that can be mounted onto almost any timepiece. The thin and light weight smart module acts as a mechanical clasp to fasten the timepiece. The elegant protective glass reveals a curved monochrome OLED display to read notifications. Bluetooth connectivity ensures smooth communication with the Montblanc TWIN companion app for iOS and the NFC chip with Secure Element allow easy contactless payment. The module is IP68 water resistant and allows for up to a week autonomy on a single charge.
The strap, which will come in two different widths 22 and 20mm, can be mounted on most timepieces without any tools, and be adjusted for any wrist size. It is made of a high-quality rubber composite with structural blocks specially designed to allow guided and easy adjustment.
The Montblanc TWIN Smart Strap is fitted with Montblanc Pay, a new mobile payment platform that brings contactless payment to its owner’s wrist, allowing mechanical timepieces to act as digital wallets for the first time and pay with a simple wrist gesture at all compatible payment terminals. Montblanc Pay allows to digitalise up to five credit cards into the Montblanc Twin companion app and is equipped with security sensors that deactivate the payment function in case of theft or loss. The app represents the user’s daily activities in a ring pattern. Each of these daily rings becomes a digital diary when zoomed into, giving the user visual feedback and insights that can be used to take back control of his or her time.
Montblanc TWIN Smart Strap is available from August 2018 with a starting price of 390€ (approximately $456). It will be available through Montblanc Retail channels, Montblanc website and a network of authorized resellers and in a selected number of countries.
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