Introducing the Montblanc Summit 2By Nikki Rai
A year and a half after their first foray into smartwatches, Montblanc debuts its new and improved Summit 2 smartwatch. It’s the first luxury smartwatch to feature Qualcomm’s powerful new Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset. According to Montblanc CEO Nicolas Baretzki, the watch is “built for travel, fitness or exploration”. It’s leaner, lasts longer, faster and runs better on Google’s Wear OS.
The Summit 2 was created with urban explorers, business travellers and performance seekers in mind, and it shows. You can reply to notifications right from the watch with a number of preset replies or alternatively use the inbuilt keyboard, handwriting, or voice dictation.
Two key features of the Summit 2 are the pre-installed Timeshifter and Workout Coach apps. The NASA-approved Timeshifter app helps frequent fliers negate the effects of jetlag by offering personalised, easy-to-follow plans to reset the body’s circadian rhythm. It works by telling you how to adjust to local time, such as when to take a nap, eat, or avoid light. The Workout Coach is a great running companion, keeping track of your pace, distance, and heart rate to get the most out of your workout. You can also tailor a training plan built around fitness levels and goals.
A huge upgrade is the battery life. The Summit 2 promises a battery life of 4 to 7 days, thanks to the new chipset. However, this is dependent on use. Heavy smartwatch users will manage about half a day’s worth of playtime before it needs juicing up. If you are less of a smartwatch tinkerer, you can easily squeeze out about three days of use before charging, providing you turn off the “Always On Display” function. On the bright side, the included magnetic charger takes the watch from 0-100 in just under an hour. The Summit 2 also offers a battery-saving time-only mode that disables all other smartwatch features, allowing up to a week’s battery life.
Design-wise, the 1.2-inch full circle AMOLED display offers several Montblanc dials, from the classic 1858 to the vintage Summit to the ultra-feminine Bohème Classic. You can even create your own dial with the built-in watch face configurator. Over a thousand watch faces await. The case is available in black DLC steel, stainless steel, two-tone steel, and grade 2 titanium, and can be coupled with 11 different interchangeable strap options including calfskin, Milanese steel and rubber to create over 70,000 individual looks, so there is something for even the fussiest watch enthusiast. A key improvement: a rotating crown, to scroll through the display, and two programmable pushers to work the user interface.
The Summit 2 is a good companion for people on the go. The 42mm unisex case feels comfortable on the wrist and has the heft of a mechanical watch, and its clean design makes styling a breeze. Replying to messages directly from the watch via voice dictation is handy when hands-free, pun intended, and the Workout Coach eliminates the risk of your phone flying right out of your hand mid-run.
The Summit 2 will be available from 15th October and retails from SG$1,495.00.
Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, Google Wear OS
42mm in steel, black DLC steel, two-tone, or titanium; water resistant to 50m
Interchangeable straps of rubber, leather, or steel