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Montblanc TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap

The year 2015 started with a surprise move from a traditionally strong luxury brand which is renowned for its legendary writing instruments and mechanical timepieces. Following the current trend of smart watches, Germany based luxury giant Montblanc announces their entry into the market of wearable devices. With the announcement to launch TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap, Montblanc became the first luxury brand to combine wearable technology with fine watchmaking in the centuries old Swiss horological tradition.

The TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap marries a highly functional e-Strap with contemporary TimeWalker timepieces. The e-Strap is an interchangeable strap, with an integrated technology device that offers an activity tracker, smart notifications, remote controls and Find-Me functions. It connects, via Bluetooth Low Energy, to selected Android and iOS smartphones.

Montblanc continues to underline the technicity; performance and avant-garde appeal of this watch line, its dynamic appeal is further highlighted by the use of contemporary material mixes featuring red design elements on a pure black background. This collection extension contains three new models including a chronograph and a UTC.

The e-Strap device offers a variety of functionality. Smart notifications, signalled by vibrations provide an alert of incoming communication without the need to look at the smartphone. It enables the preview of e-mails by topic and sender, read text messages, see incoming calls and status updates of social media feeds or reminders of important upcoming meetings, all on the wrist.

The activity tracker is a simple tool to monitor the wearer´s physical activity over time and keep track of his personal daily goals. To do so, it measures the number of steps taken per day, calories burnt and the distance travelled. The accompanying smartphone application enables the user to view the progress per week and month. The e-Strap will remind the wearer to stay active through unobtrusive vibration alerts and show at a glance the daily progress.

The remote controls are useful for controlling the smartphone with the e-Strap. The camera remote enables the taking of pictures with the smartphone by triggering the shutter with a tap on the e-Strap thus allowing better and easier selfies or group shots. Playing, pausing, and skipping music on the smartphone can be also remotely steered with the music control function of the e-Strap.

Additionally, the Find-Me function allows searching for the watch or phone within a range of up to 30 meters, either by tapping on the e-Strap to find the smartphone or by using the smartphone application to find the watch. The e-Strap device has an inbuilt touch screen display, readable in daylight, to display the information and navigate through the functionalities. The technical device is encapsulated in a stainless steel case with rubber protection and can be easily fixed and adjusted with the pass-through strap.

Depending on usage, the device needs to be recharged every 5 days using a standard micro-USB cable. The e-Strap is compatible with Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Note 3, Note 4, selected Android Devices running Android 4.3 and upwards as well as Apple iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6 and 6 plus.

The TimeWalker collection e-Strap is equipped with a pass-through strap made of the innovative Montblanc Extreme Leather. The Extreme leather wristband created by the Montblanc Pelleteria in Florence, perfectly matches with the timepiece: markedly technical while retaining a sporty yet elegant appearance. The e-Strap device can be easily fixed and adjusted with the pass-through to all strap sizes 20/22mm.

Three new timepieces for the Timewalker collection
The collection extension will introduce three new models – all of them equipped with mechanical automatic winding movements living up to the highest standards of traditional Swiss fine watchmaking: a chronograph, a UTC (United Time Coordinated) with a second time zone and a three hands watch with the essential functionality of hours, minutes, seconds and date.

The expressive design of the 42 or 43-millimetre case, which combines clean lines with architectural shapes, made the Montblanc TimeWalker family of Montblanc timepieces instantly recognizable right from the outset. Blending sporty elegance and masculinity, the Montblanc TimeWalker carries its unique aesthetics and features the signature skeletonised horns, a narrow bezel, a large dial with Arabic numerals in a distinctive, clearly contoured typography, and the characteristic lancet-shaped hands.

Instantly, the “cold grey” micro-blasted steel case or the black DLC (Diamond like carbon) coating, witness to its dynamic spirit and technical elegance. This sporty elegance continues on the dial, making use of its black background to accentuate the white numerals and dynamic red second hands common to all three models.

The window in the case back offers a clear view of the automatic mechanical calibre which guarantees reliability and precision. All calibres of the TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap program are manufactured in accord with all the rules that govern the art of Swiss fine watchmaking. They oscillate at a steady pace of 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour (4 Hz).All Time Walker Urban Speed e-Strap models will be available in markets in June 2015 with or without the e-Strap device.

Montblanc e-Strap (Ident. 113827)

Functions
Remote Control
Activity Tracker measuring steps, calories burnt and distance with detailed analysis of personal progress within the App
Smart Notifications for Text Messages, E-Mails, Incoming Calls, Calendar Events, Activity Reminder and Social Feeds
Play/Skip Music
Remote Camera Trigger
Find-Me Function
Silent Mode

Features
Display: Capacitive 0.9” monochrome OLED-Touch-Display with 128 x 36 Pixel  Resolution
Power: Rechargeable lithium-ion  battery  for  up  to  5  days  of  continuous  usage  and micro-USB cable for charging of the Device
Connectivity: Bluetooth Low Energy
Feedback: Haptic vibration motor
Compatibility: All TimeWalker watches 42/43mm
Resistance: Splash proof, dust and shock resistant
Colour: Black
Sensor: Accelerometer
Operating temperature: -10°C to 40°C (14°F to 104°F)
Warranty: 2 Year limited Montblanc warranty

Size of e-Strap device
Width: 14.2 mm
Height: 9.0 mm
Length: 40.0 mm

Supported Devices
Samsung  Galaxy  S4,  S5,  Note  3  and  Note  4 and  selected  Android smartphones with Version 4.3 and upwards
iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 plus running iOS7 and upwards

Montblanc TimeWalker Urban Speed Chronograph e-Strap Ident. 112604

Movement 
Calibre MB 25.07
Mechanical movement with automatic winding mechanism and chronograph function
No. of rubies: 25
Power reserve: Approx. 46 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency : 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays  
Hours and minutes from the center
Small seconds at “9 o’clock”
Chronograph’s elapsed-seconds hand from the dial’s center
Counter for 30 elapsed minutes at “12 o’clock”
Counter for 12 elapsed hours at “6 o’clock”
Date in a window at “4 o’clock”
Habillage

Case 
Micro-blasted stainless steel with black ceramic bezel
Scratch-resistant, domed and antireflective sapphire crystal
Micro-blasted stainless steel back with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Diameter = 43 mm ; Height = 14.4 mm
Water-tightness : 3 bar
Micro-blasted stainless steel fluted crown with Montblanc emblem

Dial  
Black with Superluminova-coated numerals and indexes,
Anthracite luminescent hour-hand, minute-hand and small second hand, red chronograph-hand

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

Montblanc TimeWalker Urban Speed UTC e-Strap 
Ident. 113828

Movement
Calibre MB 24.05
Mechanical movement with automatic winding mechanism and second  time zone
No. of rubies: 21
Power reserve: Approx. 42 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays  
Hours, minutes and seconds from the centre
Second time zone from the centre
Day & Night indication on the flange
Date in a window at “3 o’clock”
Habillage

Case  
Stainless steel with black DLC coating
Scratch-resistant, domed and antireflective sapphire crystal
Micro-blasted stainless steel back with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Diameter = 42 mm; Height = 11 mm
Water tightness: 3 bar
Stainless steel with black DLC coating fluted crown 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

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

Montblanc TimeWalker Urban Speed Date Automatic e-Strap
Ident. 113850

Movement 
Calibre MB 24.09
Mechanical movement with automatic winding mechanism
No. of rubies: 25
Power reserve: Approx. 42 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays  
Hours, minutes and seconds from the center
Date in a window at “3 o’clock”
Habillage

Case
Polished stainless steel
Scratch-resistant, domed and antireflective sapphire crystal
Stainless steel back with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Diameter = 42 mm; Height = 11.2 mm
Water tightness: 3 bar
Stainless steel crown with Montblanc emblem

Dial  
Black with Superluminova-coated numerals and indexes
Anthracite luminescent hour-hand, minute-hand
Red second-hand

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.

Retail Price (all prices German RSP incl. 19%)
Timewalker Urban Speed automatic e-Strap, 42mm:  2.990 Euros
Timewalker Urban Speed UTC e-Strap: 3.990 Euros
Timewalker Urban Speed chronograph e-Strap: 4.690 Euros
E-Strap, compatible with iPhone 4S, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4 and upwards: 350 Euros

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