Jon Fingas

Montblanc leads the next wave of Wear OS 3 watches with the $1,290 Summit 3

As mentioned at I/O, you no longer need to get Samsung’s Wear OS 3 smartwatches, though you’ll pay for the privilege. the edge notes Montblanc has introduced the Summit 3, a major update to the German brand’s luxury timepieces. Google’s improved software (including better performance) is the most notable update, but you’ll also get a much-needed jump from 2018’s Summit 2-era Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip to the (still somewhat old) Wear 4100+. Expect a more responsive wrist strap that lasts longer on a charge.

The outstanding feature remains the exclusive design. The conventional-style case is made of lightweight yet strong titanium, and you’ll get leather and rubber straps to suit various occasions. Some watch faces also mimic mechanical Montblanc models like the 1858 Geosphere. Otherwise, you can expect typical high-end smartwatch features like blood oxygen monitoring, sleep tracking, and Google Pay support.

Summit 3 will be available worldwide on July 15. As with previous Montblanc smartwatches, however, you’re paying for the combination of classic watchmaking expertise with modern technology: the new model will retail for $1,290. It’s a steal compared to the $1,800 TAG Heuer Connected Caliber E4 and the $3,400 Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon Light Up, but it’s a big jump from the $300 you’ll currently pay for a 42mm Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. This is for the well-heeled enthusiast who wants a tech accessory for formal galas, and won’t second-guess the cost of upgrading a few years later.

The most affordable Wear OS 3 watches come from brands like Fossil, Mobvoi, Samsung, and Google. For now, though, you’ll still have few options.

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