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

As teased at I/O, you no longer need to get Samsung’s Wear OS 3 smartwatches – although you do pay for the privilege. The edge notes Montblanc introduced the Summit 3, a significant upgrade from the German brand’s luxury watches. Improved Google software (including better performance) is the most notable update, but you’ll also get a much-needed jump from the 2018-era Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip from the Summit 2 to the Wear 4100+ (still a bit old ). Expect more responsive bands that last longer on a charge.

The standout feature remains the premium design. The conventionally styled case is crafted from lightweight but strong titanium, and you’ll get leather and rubber straps to suit a variety of occasions. Some watch faces also mimic mechanical Montblanc models like the Geosphere 1858. Otherwise, you can expect typical high-end smartwatch features such as blood oxygen monitoring, sleep tracking, and power support. charge of Google Pay.

The Summit 3 will be available worldwide on July 15. As with previous Montblanc smartwatches, you’re paying for the combination of classic watchmaking expertise with modern technology – the new model will sell for $1,290. That’s a bargain compared to the $1,800 TAG Heuer Connected Caliber E4 and the $3,400 Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon Light Up, but it’s a leap up from the $300 you’ll currently pay for one. Galaxy Watch 4 Classic 42mm. It’s for affluent enthusiasts who want a tech accessory for formal galas – and who won’t mind upgrading a few years down the line.

More affordable Wear OS 3 watches come from brands like Fossil, Mobvoi, Samsung, and Google itself. For now, however, you will still have few choices.

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