Introducing the Montblanc Summit Smartwatch (with Live Photos & Price)

Running Android but styled like a traditional wristwatch, with the 1858 as inspiration no less.
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Montblanc is the latest maker of traditional watches to create its own smartwatch. TAG Heuer’s success with the TAG Heuer Connected – the brand says it sold some 60,000 smartwatches last year – has no doubt encouraged rivals to go down the same digital route.

The Summit smartwatch is dressed up like an analogue wristwatch, but entirely electronic inside. Running Google’s Android Wear 2.0 and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, the Summit smartwatch does what a smartwatch does, though it lacks certain features that competitors possess, like GPS for instance.

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Tech in brief

The Summit smartwatch has the usual expected of such a watch, including health and fitness apps, weather, emails and messages, as well as a Bluetooth connection to a smartphone (either Android or iOS). It does not, however, have GPS or NFC mobile payments.

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Covered by a slightly domed sapphire crystal, the AMOLED screen is 1.39in, displaying 400 by 400 pixels. It can display various faces, including three that are digital recreations of the dials found in the 1858 Collection, including the 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter.

The screen is “always on”, meaning it does not go to sleep and turn off when not in use. Instead, the face switches to black and white; tapping it restores the colour.

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Charging is done via a cradle that comes with the watch. On a full charge the watch will run a day with normal use.

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Shape and feel

Though similar in shape to the 1858 watch case – right down to the onion-shaped crown that’s not a crown but a pusher – the Summit is even larger at 46mm in diameter and 12.5mm high. That makes it a very large watch, too large for someone who wants an unobtrusive timepiece.

It’s available in stainless steel (with the option of black coating) or titanium, with a plastic case back.

The Summit smartwatch next to the 41mm Heritage Spirit Orbis Terranum

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The materials give it a feel similar to an old school watch, with the screen off it takes a moment to realise it’s a smartwatch.

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Admirably, Montblanc labels the watch “Made in China” on the back – as all smartwatches are – though it does say the watch is designed in Switzerland while the strap is made in Italy.

Price and availability 

The Summit smartwatch will be available at Montblanc boutiques and retailers starting May 2017. It starts at US$890 or S$1340 for the steel model and just over US$1000 for the titanium.


 

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Phillips to Hold Heuer Thematic Auction in November 2017

As the interest surrounding Heuer reaches fever pitch, Phillips announces the inevitable.
Phillips Heuer-Autavia-2446-Mk1

It was only a matter of time before it happened, and now it has: an auction dedicated solely to Heuer watches, in the grand tradition of thematic sales like that for Patek Philippe’s 150th anniversary in 1989 or the more recent Omegamania from a decade ago.

Taking place on November 11, 2017 under the aegis of Phillips in Geneva, the sale is made up of 49 exceptionally rare Heuer chronographs made in the two decades between 1962 and 1982.

The line-up will include a “first execution” Autavia ref. 2446 (pictured above) and a Monaco ref. 74033N “Dark Lord”. The line-up was put together by Richard Crosthwaite and Paul Gavin, both English Heuer collectors who have authored two books on the brand.

In a relatively brief period Heuer has become a darling of vintage watch collecting, thanks to relentlessly upbeat features in the media, ever rising auction prices, as well as its chief executive Jean-Claude Biver.

Autavia Chronomatic ref. 1163T “Siffert”

During an interview with your correspondent in November last year, Mr Biver explained TAG Heuer was working with Eric Tortella, a Patek Philippe specialist well known in the watch auction circuit to build its heritage department. And Mr Biver let on that he himself was buying vintage Heuer watches, selectively, at auction.

Monaco ref. 1133B with “no lume” dial

Carrera ref. 2447S “Yachting” with tropical dial

The full catalogue for the thematic sale will be available closer to the date of the auction.


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TAG Heuer Introduces its First Smartwatch, the $1500 TAG Heuer Connected

TAG Heuer has just taken the covers off TAG Heuer Connected, a titanium smartwatch running on Google's Android Wear platform and powered by an Intel processor, but one that also features dials that mimic a mechanical watch. 

TAG Heuer Introduces Connected Smartwatch in 18k Rose Gold

The watchmaker goes where Apple tried and failed, with a smartwatch in solid gold priced at just under US$10,000.

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Lang & Heyne Introduces the Georg Wristwatch with Newly Developed Rectangular Movement

The Calibre VIII is open-worked, with narrow steel cocks for the gear train.
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Artisanal German watchmaker Lang & Heyne – the firm’s output is just 40 watches a year – named its latest watch after a 16th century Duke of Saxony. To be launched at Baselworld 2017, the Georg is the brand’s first rectangular wristwatch, equipped with the admirably rectangular Calibre VIII.

Though simple in function, the Calibre VIII is intriguingly constructed. Most of the movement is revealed, as conventional bridges have been replaced by steel cocks. Elongated with a rounded, black polished top, the cocks hold the wheels of the gear train, while both the barrel and balance bridges are similarly shaped.

Lang & Heyne Georg Calibre VIII-1

The Calibre VIII is hand-wound, with a 55-hour power reserve. Pulling the crown touches a fine lever to the balance wheel, stopping the seconds hand for time-setting. And like all other Lang & Heyne movements, the endstone for the balance staff is a small diamond.

Lang & Heyne Georg Calibre VIII-2

The dial is white fired enamel, with a recessed subsidiary seconds; the seconds disc is a separate piece that’s welded from below to the rest of the dial.

Lang & Heyne Georg white gold

Modelled on 1930s German wristwatches, the case of the Georg has fluted sides and a sloped bezel, along with the signature triple lugs of Lang & Heyne.

The case is 32mm wide and 40mm long without the lugs, which is medium sized by the standards of most rectangular watches. In comparison, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande Taille is marginally smaller, while the largest sized Reverso is slightly bigger.

Price and availability 

The Georg is available from Lang & Heyne, or for those in Asia, at Hong Kong’s The Lavish Attic, priced at €26,410 for the rose gold model, €27,830 in white gold, and €33,490 in platinum. Prices do not include taxes.

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