Introducing the Montblanc TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap

The smartwatch announcement raised many a Swiss Jura eyebrow – was this an empty threat or a very real adversary a la the 70s Quartz Crisis? Well, some maisons pled ignorance, some marginally adapted and some quite simply rose to the challenge with aplomb aka the Montblanc TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap. Haute horlogitech has arrived.

After an initial announcement at watch mecca SIHH, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the e-Strap right here on The Watch Gallery. Integrating smart-systems within the watch is nothing new but Montblanc has reset the goal posts: you’ve still got your incredible timepiece, you’ve got still got all the craftsmanship – you’ve simply gained an increased smart function on the underside of your wrist.

The TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap is interchangeable (so you can swap away to your hearts desire) with a host of new features: fitness activity tracker, social media notifications, text messages, remote controls, Find-Me functions and personal reminders – all thanks to a Bluetooth Low Energy connection. It might be a bit of a stretch explaining how this technology works exactly, but it does, and it does work very well indeed.

Smart notifications are of particular use to the wearer; in a world where your Monday mornings become a grisly reminder of your Saturday night (thanks Facebook and that one friend is far too overzealous at tagging), subtle vibrations alert the wearer of all incoming communications. One simple notification and your digital pride is intact – for now. The e-Strap also includes email previews, status updates and incoming call alerts lest you be disconnected ever again.

Starting at £2,335, this incredible piece of haute horlogerie can be yours – the fusion of Swiss skill and digital functionality has never been so seamless.