Montblanc’s New Watch Blends Health, Performance, and Type

Apple watch. FitBit. Samsung Galaxy watch. You know these brands and products well because for the past half decade they have dominated the fitness tracking smartwatch game. They’re all great smartwatches too, really perfect whether you’re working out at the gym, running, or just running to the store.

But there are other options out there. And if you’re looking for a smartwatch that offers classic, sleek style while offering solid fitness features, it’s time to consider the Montblanc Summit Lite.

I also know what you’re thinking: Montblanc isn’t exactly a well-known brand in the fitness space. When you think of Montblanc, we think of quality bags and purses, sunglasses, pens and stationery. You don’t think about a sturdy piece of equipment that you will wear every time you workout. And the Summit Lite may come at a high price ($ 725), but it’s set to change that. And while it’s not flawless, it’s a high quality alternative if you want to stand out from the crowd.

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Montblanc Summit Lite Smartwatch

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The Summit Lite is absolutely beautiful

One of the problems with a lot of fitness smartwatches is that they look like, well, smartwatches. There are square edges and unique design elements and everything looks very different from the watches you grew up with.

The Summit Lite manages to feel like a real watch. My device has a slim but comfortable elastic band that never digs into my skin. The all-black dial is clean, with a touch of sheen, and sits in the center with a dazzling 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display.

Images, text, and watch faces all appear on the Summit Lite. So it’s fun to see the pics from my Instagram feed when they switch to Summit Lite. The text is also easy to read, so you probably don’t need to increase the point size to read quick messages.

Montblanc Summit Lite Smartwatch

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The best part of the package, however, are the three buttons on the right side of the dial – real, classic watch buttons. The middle one actually rotates as well and serves as your main navigation tool for browsing the Summit Lite. These details in combination with a variety of watch faces allow you to create unique looks with the Summit Lite.

It adapts easily to your training and informs you about the heart rate and the steps taken in a day. It can also look absolutely classically dazzling when you go to dinner later in the evening.

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The software experience is solid

Montblanc runs on Google’s WearOS, but the company also strives to be more and offers its own suite of fitness features. These are all very ambitious too and aim to give you estimates of your Vo2 max while running and also to keep track of your heart rate.

Like almost every device on the market today, Montblanc tries to calculate your recovery and readiness using its own energy level score. (I don’t take these calculations seriously on any device, however; you should learn to assess your own body every morning.)

Montblanc Summit Lite Smartwatch

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These features all work solidly and are cheap compared to measures I’ve taken with other devices. Compared to my WHOOP, Montblanc’s heart rate calculations were always a bit low; they were a little higher than my Apple Watch calculations. They were consistent, however; All of these devices are prone to inaccuracies, but you want them to show consistency in themselves. Montblanc got that down.

Montblanc is struggling to get all of this across on your phone. Unlike Apple Health or other options that seamlessly use the phone to “coach” you on your health experience, Montblanc doesn’t have a dedicated app that makes it work with your phone. Instead, you’ll need to link your data to Strava or Google Fit.

For whom is the Montblanc Summit Lite suitable?

These are likely minor imperfections for the Montblanc audience, however; This appears to be a smartwatch made less for the CrossFitter and more for the casual fitness goer. It’s perfect for someone who takes a virtual or personal fitness class in the morning and then has to run to the office or run the daily errands. And it’s perfect for any night on the town.

This is also compounded by solid battery life. This isn’t quite like some Garmin devices, but you get solid battery life of a day and a half to two, solidly more than what I get from my Apple Watch. And you get that classic style too, a look that stands out from the Apple Watch and Fitbit crowd.

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Ebenzer Samuel, CSCS, is the Fitness Director of Men’s Health and a certified trainer with more than 10 years of training experience.

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