This year Montblanc has complemented its smartwatch lineup with another innovation, the Summit 2+. It is the first luxury smartwatch that can directly activate cellular connectivity in the Wear OS by Google app on Android smartphones. The Summit2+ stays connected even when you are away from your smartphone, and the watch face remains visible at all times, while still delivering a full day of battery life. The battery life extends to 3-5 days by turning off the always-on color ambient mode.
The Summit 2+ gets its inspiration by the design of the Montblanc 1858 collection and offers thousands of watch face combinations with its built-in watch face configurator. The 43.5mm smartwatch is available in four different case finishes – black DLC steel, stainless steel, rose gold-colored, and bronze-colored steel. The straps are all interchangeable, allowing you to update your style effortlessly.
The Summit 2+ is the ideal companion for exploration and adventure. It includes an outdoor toolbox with speedometer, altimeter, barometer, compass, and GPS. I lack any sense of direction, so this speaks to me. Summit 2+ includes travel functions with the new Timeshifter® App and watch face, which gives you personalized advice to minimize jetlag based on your sleep patterns and flight plan. The Montblanc Travel Info App provides all the necessary information on your travels and gives you access to a voice-activated translator. And it doesn’t stop there – a smart virtual fitness assistant recommends daily exercises tailor-made for you, with an improved heart rate algorithm to monitor your beats. The Montblanc Summit 2+ is powered by Wear OS by Google enabling you to make calls, answer messages, connect to online services, get help from Google Assistant and pay with Google Pay. This smartwatch really seems to do it all!
Montblanc Travel Info App
VO2max smart virtual assistant
Heart rate algorithm
Tag Heuer Connected
Tag Heuer launched its first connected watch in 2015, and now five years later unveils the third generation Tag Heuer Connected at a special event in New York. The new TAG Heuer Connected watch combines the elegance of a chronograph with a state-of-the-art digital experience. The smartwatch offers a solution for any lifestyle, benefitting from daily connected services from Wear OS by Google as well as the new TAG Heuer Sports app which tracks your golf, running, cycling, walking, and fitness sessions. The TAG Heuer Connected is fitted with a GPS and heart-rate monitor so all of your performance is directly measured from your wrist.
The 45 mm smartwatch comes in a choice of a stainless-steel or titanium full matt black case, graduated ceramic bezel, a screwed caseback, and a choice of either a black rubber strap or stainless-steel bracelet. The OLED touchscreen is super easy to read and the screen automatically switches between active and ambient to prolong the battery life to the maximum. You can choose between five always-on mechanical or digital inspired watch faces to suit any mood. The watch faces can easily be set to alternate dial colors and options and you can even program which features you want to highlight, from the weather to your heart-rate.
Another cool new feature is the simple interchangeable bracelet system. With one single clip, you can change the look of your watch with a large choice of rubber straps in fun colors such as orange, red, and khaki.
Stopwatch, Timer & Alarm
Alpina AlpinerX Alive – USD 1,095
The AlpinerX Alive is the successor to the first Swiss connected sports watches, the AlpinerX Smart Outdoors. For the AlpinerX Smart Outdoors, Alpina went to Kickstarter offering potential buyers 11,000 different designs. Over 3,000 individually designed watches were delivered with the four most popular configurations added to the AlpinerX Smart Outdoors collection. Alpina offered its community members the same option with the AlpinerX ALive, with over 1.500 possible designs, and this time the six favorites made it into the collection.
The AlpinerX Alive hosts a ton of new features to support you in your everyday life, as well as keeping an eye on your well-being and physical activity. Alpina toots their latest smartwatch as a personal trainer on the wrist. A new sensor developed by Philips is integrated into the watch, allows you to monitor your heart rate directly from your wrist. With a new GPS, it is possible to track your run or walk along with your heart rate using the Alpina app. All of the features are displayed on a high-resolution AMOLED touch screen. Thanks to an analog and digital interface, the Alpina AlpinerX Alive is more interactive and intuitive regardless of the conditions.
The Alpina AlpinerX Alive offers further features including measuring your breathing, V02 max, and hydration. A Dynamic Coach is there to help you tailor your fitness needs as well as weather information so you know your workout conditions. The Alpina AlpinerX Alive gives you recommendations to improve your daily life with specific exercises based on your performance, sleep, and data analysis. All the information is gathered and analyzed by the Alpina Smartwatch app which is free. The Alpina AlpinerX Alive still comes with a perpetual calendar, GMT, chronograph, sleep and activity tracker, and personalized notifications.
The new Alpina AlpinerX Alive comes in a 45mm case with two variations: navy blue fiberglass or stainless steel with either a rubber or a leather strap. The smartwatch comes with a rechargeable battery with a seven-day charge.
Always on Time & Date
Heart Rate Monitoring
Cardio Fitness Index
Hublot Big Bang e – EURO 5,100 – 5,700
Hublot first released its now infamous Big Bang in 2005, and the first connected version, the Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, came out in 2018. Now for 2020, Hublot unveils the BIG BANG e, a fusion of traditional watchmaking, innovation, high-quality materials, technology, and art.
The BIG BANG e is available in two different case materials, titanium or black ceramic, both in 42mm. There is no doubt that this is a Big Bang, and even the rotary crown with an integrated pusher is identical. The crown activates the controls for the electronic modules. An AMOLED high definition touchscreen covers the scratchproof sapphire crystal. Four different dial variations are available with this smartwatch, the “Time Only” analog version, the Perpetual calendar with a precise moon phase, the chronograph, and the second GMT time zone with a very realistic portrayal of the earth. Hublot will unveil more dials created by both friends of the brand, and brand ambassadors.
To mark the occasion of this new smartwatch introduction, Hublot will release a series of eight dials from artist Marc Ferrero. Every three hours, the dial changes color to reveal one of the eight Ferrero creations over 24 hours. A 5-second animation marks every full hour. Each dial is based on a specific color: Happy Yellow, Magic Blue, Orange Dynamite, All White, Lucky Green, Magic Red, Rainbow Spirit, and Black Magic. And with Hublot’s One-Click system to change your strap, it has never been easier to match your watch to your wardrobe.
The timepiece is powered by Wear OS by Google, allowing you access to the apps on Google Play, the possibility to ask Google Assistant anything you want, and even pay your lunch with Google Pay. Swipe up to stay up to date with your messages and notifications, swipe down for shortcuts, swipe right to get help from Google, and left for your tiles.
Time Analog Mode
Time visible in sleep mode
Worldtime and Second Time Zone
Frederique Constant Smartwatch Vitality – EURo 895 – 1,295
Frederique Constant unveiled its first connected watch in 2015, the Horological Smartwatch. Followed by two other developments, the Horological Smartwatch Notify (2016) – with extras such as notifications for calls and messages – and the Classic Hybrid Manufacture (2018), the first model to combine a Manufacture movement with connected functions.
The Smartwatch Vitality is the 4th connected innovation from Frederique Constant. Fully loaded with cool technology, and a digital dial revealed only when you choose to. In addition to all the features that we loved on its predecessors, the Smartwatch Vitality now comes with an integrated sensor developed by Philips Wearable Sensing. This means you can now measure your heart rate directly from your wrist.
The Smartwatch Vitality has a dial with two faces. A classical look for the first dial with Roman numerals and hand-polished hour and minute hands. By pressing the crown you reveal a digital display that allows you to view lots of information like your heart rate, a second-time zone, an activity tracker, or even your last five messages to mention just a few.
The Smartwatch Vitality connects to the Frederique Constant Smartwatch App, which is available on both IOS and Android, and you can configure all your applications directly via the app. You can choose to display all of the connected functions on the screen, and you can even select the order for a more personal touch. A simple push of the crown takes you from one function to another, and the digital screen goes into standby mode when you finish once again, revealing the classic watch dial.
The Smartwatch Vitality includes four models for men and four models for women. The men’s model comes in a 42mm stainless steel case with either a black rubber strap or steel bracelet, and a rose gold plated version, with a battery life of 11 days. The ladies’ models come in stainless steel, rose gold plated, or two-tone 36mm case with a battery life of 7 days. Both are powered by Frederique Constant in-house quartz calibers and feature rechargeable batteries.
The Breitling Exospace B55 Yachting is as its name suggests a Bluetooth-enabled device connected watch for sailors. It follows up on the original Exospace B55, which was created for pilots. A host of functions for yachting professionals and regatta competitors are included in this new model. It is available in two versions, both in a 46mm titanium case, one with a titanium bracelet and one with a blue rubber strap.
The Exospace B55 Yachting is powered by Breitling’s SuperQuartz™, thermocompensated quartz electronic movement. It features an analog and 12/24 hour LCD digital display with a backlighting system that is activated by pressing the crown. The watch includes a chronograph with a countdown system with audible, visible, and vibrating alarms and indications. The countdown timer, which is a must for the regatta crowd, can easily be reset and re-synced. Chronograph split time can be displayed and stored in the watch’s memory and called up either on the watch itself or on a smartphone.
The Exopsace B55 Yachting can be paired, via a dedicated app, with your smartphone using Bluetooth. Adjustments can, therefore, be made either on your smartphone or directly on the watch, and all measurements taken during the race can be uploaded. The B55, like most smartphones, gives you access to your phone calls, emails, texts, and calendar reminders. All in all, a pretty perfect watch for any avid sailor.
Digital calendar with week indications
7 daily alarms
Regatta Chronograph with independent alarm
Data transfer to your smartphone
About the Author
Susanne Samuelsson is from Sweden but has lived in Switzerland for most of her life. She has spent the last 20 years working for luxury watch publications in sales and marketing. She has worked for Europa Star, Revolution, Elite Traveler,Quintessentially and The Rake. She loves wearing men’s timepieces and since she started The Watch Pages has a list as long as your arm of new watches she would love to buy!