With the TimeWalker Urban Speed UTC e- Strap watch, Montblanc explores the latest wearable technology by pairing a watchstrap that connects to the owner’s smartphone, with a fine timepiece driven by an automatic calibre. The result is a mechanical timepiece enhanced with digital functionalities.
Made of high performance Montblanc Extreme leather, the NATO-type strap seamlessly integrates the technology that connects to selected Android phones as well as iPhones 4s and subsequent models. The e-Strap comes with a 128 x 36 OLED display, intuitive touch controls and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery providing it with five days lifetime. The e-Strap integrates an activity tracker, a Find Me function for smartphone and watch, notifications for incoming communications, and remote controls for the phone’s camera and music player.
This efficient and particularly readable timepiece is powered by the mechanical self-winding calibre MB 24.05. It has a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and its high-quality finishes can be observed through the watch’s transparent case back. The watch displays local time in the centre of the dial through a set of anthracite-grey hands with luminescent coating. The time in a second time zone is indicated by a open-worked additional hand. This UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) function – the term currently used to refer to the traditional GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) indication – features a jumping hour change that can be adjusted by means of its winding crown displaying the Montblanc emblem.
The Montblanc e-Strap: More Than a Mere Watch Strap
Montblanc Extreme Leather, developed by the Montblanc Pelletteria, the Maison’s leather manufacture in Florence, is perfectly suited to the e-Strap and the automatic watches in the TimeWalker collection. Subjected to a special “total permeation” treatment, this fully biocompatible leather with a woven carbon-fibre-style surface is practically indestructible. This innovative and dynamic high-performance material is available in widths of 20 mm and 22 mm and is resistant to abrasion, water, and even high temperatures (to the extent that it can be considered fire-resistant).
The Many Functionalities of the e-Strap
The e-Strap offers the following functions:
• An activity tracker counting the number of steps walked per day, indicating the calories burnt and the distance covered, aligning with the owner’s personal objectives. In addition to evaluating the progress made it can also be used to encourage the user to remain active during the day through alerts on the e-Strap.
• A haptic feedback of the e-Strap alerts the user of incoming notifications from various apps. The e-Strap displays e-mails, which can be previewed on the e-Strap. The e-Strap also shows text messages, incoming calls and status updates & messages from social networks, as well as reminders about upcoming calendar events and meetings.
• Remote controls enable a user to remotely take pictures by releasing the shutter, to find a misplaced smartphone by making it play a melody, as well as a music control function for playing, pausing & skipping music.
While the worlds of mechanical watchmaking and the most advanced digital technology are often seen as polar opposites, Montblanc unites them to create a new generation of timepieces, designed for technology aficionados who refuse to compromise on the incomparable experience of traditional watchmaking.
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Montblanc TimeWalker Urban Speed UTC e-Strap Ident. 114880
Movement Calibre MB 24.05
Type of movement Mechanical movement with automatic winding mechanism and second time zone
Number of rubies 21
Power reserve Approx. 42 hours
Balance Flat hoop
Frequency 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Displays Hours, minutes and seconds in the centre. Second time zone in the centre. Day/Night & 24 hour indication on the flange. Date in a window at “3 o’clock”.
Case Micro-blasted stainless steel with black DLC bezel
Crystal Scratch-resistant, domed and antireflective sapphire crystal
Back Micro-blasted stainless steel with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Dimensions Diameter = 42 mm ; Height = 11.65 mm
Watertightness 3 bar
Crown Black DLC with Montblanc emblem
Dial Black with SuperLuminova-coated numerals and indexes, Anthracite luminescent hour-hand, minute-hand and second time zone hand, red second-hand. Precise minute track with SuperLuminova dots framed in red, indicating the five-minute marks.
Wristband Nato Extreme leather, composite material of cowhide with grey stitching, cowhide in carbon-look texture and specially treated for greater strength with high-technology device integrated, stainless steel pin buckle.
Connectivity Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth 4.0)
Battery Lithium Ion Battery with 5 days of battery life
Display 0.9” OLED display with a resolution of 128 x 36
Ruggedness Shock and splash proof (IP65)
Compatibility iPhone 4S and above with iOS 8.x, Samsung Galaxy S4 and above, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and above; selected Android phones