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Montblanc takes on TAG Heuer with new Android Wear watch

The battle of luxury Android Wear watches has begun. Montblanc today announced its first smartwatch called Summit, and it’s going to go head-to-head with the latest offering from TAG Heuer. It’s a slightly cheaper option, but it is lacking some key features.

Summit is a round watch with a crown that can be used for navigating the Android Wear interface — similar to that on Apple Watch and LG’s latest wearables. It offers a 1.39-inch AMOLED display with a 400 x 400 resolution, and Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor combined with 512GB of RAM and a 300mAh battery.

Montblanc is keen to point out that the Summit is made from premium materials, like stainless steel that’s coated in different finishes, or titanium. It will also be offering leather and rubber band options, all of which affect the final selling price of the device, which starts at $890 and goes all the way up to $1,100 — $550 less than the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45.

But although Summit is cheaper, it leaves a lot to be desired. There’s no GPS for tracking your runs (though there is a heart rate monitor), no NFC for Android Pay, and no LTE radios for mobile connectivity. These are features most consumers would expect from a smartwatch that ships with a price tag this steep.

Summit is also pretty sizable, so you’ll need big wrists to pull it off. Its face has a diameter of 46mm, but its water-resistant casing measures 12.5mm tall. It’s no thicker than your average smartwatch, however, so it won’t stick out too much.

If none of that puts you off, you’ll be able to bag yourself a Summit this May.

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...