Earlier in January, luxury watch maker Montblanc showcased their idea of making a traditional timepiece a bit smarter with an accessory called the “e-Strap.”Now, thanks to the Watch-Insider blog and Alexander Linz, the e-Strap has been caught out in the wild and put under the lens of a camera thanks to Montblanc’s CEO in Geneva, showcasing the device’s design and some of its features. The e-Strap is a stand-alone accessory that straps into the band of a luxury watch, and sits on the underside of the wrist. It’s connected to an iPhone (or Android handset) via an app, where the user can customize some of the features and notifications.
Linz’s time with the wearable accessory showed a device that’s certainly a bit bulkier than what had been showcased in the promotional photos at the announcement. More than that, though, the e-Strap’s display, which has a resolution of 128×36, shows notifications that are quite jagged. It is certainly not meant to be the sole display used on the watch, but considering its nature as purely an accessory (to an accessory), perhaps that’s not bad.
As of this writing, the e-Strap is still expected to launch in Europe sometime in 2015 and cost 250 euros. It will initially be compatible with specific Timewalker Urban Speed watches when it launches, with the lineup expanding a bit later in the year.