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Montblanc introduces a "smart" strap

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Mechanical watches enthusiasts will hardly renounce to their beloved timepieces for smart watches, if not for specific situations. But what about using a strap with digital functionality?

Montblanc thinks that wearable electronic technologies can be combined with fine watchmaking and it is ready to introduce the e-Strap, an interchangeable strap with an integrated technology device that offers an activity tracker, smart notifications, remote controls and Find-Me functions. It connects, via Bluetooth Low Energy, to selected Android and iOS smartphones. This way the owner would be able to integrate a mechanical timepiece with highly useful digital functionality.

The new e-Strap was expressly conceived for Montblanc's TimeWalker collection and, starting from June 2015,  it will available for the following three new models of the line:
Timewalker Urban Speed automatic e-Strap - Euro 2,990
Timewalker Urban Speed UTC (second time zone) e-Strap - Euro 3,990
Timewalker Urban Speed chronograph e-Strap - Euro 4,690

A pass-through strap made of a carbon-textured leather impregnated with an innovative treatment which increases its structural strength, the Timewalker Urban Speed e-Strap will have a price of Euro 350 when purchased alone.

We provide below a description of the main features of the e-Strap device as announced by Montblanc:

Smart notifications, signaled by vibrations provide an alert of incoming communication without the need to look at the smartphone. It enables the preview of e-mails by topic and sender, read text messages, see incoming calls and status updates of social media feeds or reminders of important upcoming meetings, all on the wrist.

The activity tracker is a simple tool to monitor  the  wearer´s physical activity over time and keep track of his personal daily goals. To do so, it measures the number of steps taken per day, calories burnt and the distance travelled. The accompanying smartphone application enables the of progress per week and month. The e-Strap will remind the wearer to stay active through unobtrusive vibration alerts and show at a glance the daily progress.

The remote controls are useful for controlling the smartphone with the e-Strap. The camera remote enables the taking of pictures with the smartphone by triggering the shutter with a tap on the e-Strap thus allowing better and easier selfies or group shots.

Playing, pausing, and skipping music on the smartphone can be also remotely steered with the music control function of the e-Strap.

Additionally, the Find-Me function allows searching for the watch or phone within a range of up to 30 meters, either by tapping on the e-Strap to find the smartphone or by using the smartphone application to find the watch.

The e-Strap device has an inbuilt touch screen display, readable in daylight, to display the information and navigate through the functionality. The technical device is encapsulated in a stainless steel case with rubber protection and can be easily fixed and adjusted with the pass-through strap.

Depending on usage, the device needs to be recharged every 5 days using a standard micro-USB cable. The e-Strap is compatible with Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Note 3, Note 4, selected Android Devices running Android 4.3 and upwards as well as Apple iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6 and 6 plus. 

The e-Strap device can be easily fixed and adjusted with the pass-through to all strap sizes 20/22mm.

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