This is pretty big news if you’re like me and don’t want to clutter your wrist with anything but your watch. I’ve been wanting something to keep track of my activity and sleep, but I like wearing a watch and only a watch. Launching later this month at the SIHH Show in Geneva, Switzerland, luxury watchmaker, well known for their white tipped writing instruments, will be presenting the Montblanc Timewalker Urban E-Strap ($425).
The E-Strap connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and offers a range of functions that include activity tracking, send/receive messages, notifications, music control, and find-me functionality for attached devices. It comes attached to a leather NATO-style strap made by Montblanc’s leather factory in Italy. All of this sounds great but the part that is going to send it home for so many is that you can slip this 20 or 22mm strap to any watch you want. Add it to your Montblanc, Omega, Seiko, Rolex, you name it. Now, your luxury timepiece is a smart-luxury timepiece.
At launch, the strap will be compatible with Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Note 3, Note 4 and other Android devices on 4.3 and up. It also works with the Apple iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6 and 6 Plus. Three new Timewalker Series watches will also launch at the SIHH show, perfectly complimenting the new band. Stay tuned for more later this month.