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Photos of Montblanc's Watch 'e-Strap' Show Low-Resolution Display, Bulky Fit

Luxury watch maker Montblanc earlier this month announced the "e-Strap", an accessory band that will add notifications, music control, and other smartphone-connected functions to a traditional analog wristwatch, marking one of the first efforts by traditional watchmakers to offer smartphone integration as the Apple Watch's launch nears.

Alexander Linz of the Watch-Insider blog had the opportunity to examine the e-Strap first hand during a demonstration by Montblanc CEO Jerome Lambert that was held over the weekend in Geneva.

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Detailed photos of the watch accessory reveal how it sits on a traditional watch band to rest firmly on the underside of the wrist. The display portion appears rather bulky, making discomfort a possible issue during daily use.

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Other photos showcase the 0.9-inch monochrome touchscreen display which shares information such as incoming phone calls, upcoming appointments, and more. The display quality is not nearly as good as depicted in Montblanc's renderings of the strap, with text and icons appearing rather jagged due to the low 128 x 36 resolution.

Not a standalone device, the e-Strap will connect to an iOS or Android smartphone via an app that will allow users to customize the information being displayed on their wrists.

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The e-Strap is expected to cost 250 euros and will be available as an optional accessory to select Timewalker Urban Speed watches. The e-Strap also may be compatible with other Timewalker watches that ship with 42-mm or 43-mm diameter cases.

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19 months ago
"Wow, looks great."

- 1986.
Rating: 95 Votes
19 months ago
Am I looking at a house arrest angle bracelet?
Rating: 59 Votes
19 months ago

let me understand. I have to buy a specific watch, then buy this, and it's last decade's technology.


Let me understand. I have to buy an iWatch, then buy an iPhone, to be able to use the iWatch?
Rating: 42 Votes
19 months ago
let me understand. I have to buy a specific watch, then buy this, and it's last decade's technology.

Not getting my money
Rating: 30 Votes
19 months ago

Let me understand. I have to buy an iWatch, then buy an iPhone, to be able to use the iWatch?


If you mean Apple Watch and want all of its features then yes.
Rating: 24 Votes
19 months ago
It looks like something you might find in the SkyMall catalogue.
Rating: 19 Votes
19 months ago

Let me understand. I have to buy an iWatch, then buy an iPhone, to be able to use the iWatch?


Let me understand. Hundreds of millions already have iPhone's so all they have to buy is Apple Watches.
Rating: 16 Votes
19 months ago
Will this pair with my Palm Pilot?
Rating: 16 Votes
19 months ago
250 euros... that's almost as much as the Apple Watch. People who use this will actually look at the bottom of the watch way more than the top, and afterwards might be like "f- it I'm getting a real smart watch" lol...
Rating: 14 Votes
19 months ago
Trust me, the last thing you want is something bulky in the front and back.



Rating: 14 Votes

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