Here’s How to Turn Any Watch Into a Smartwatch
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Here’s How to Turn Any Watch Into a Smartwatch

As kids, we were always layering up our arm candy with BFF bracelets, charms and beaded bracelets. To take it up a notch, all the cool kids smacked a snapband wrist watch in the middle of all their bracelets. Nowadays, kids are rocking smartwatches like JUMPY alongside their iPhones and tablets. It may seem ridiculous, but techy times calls for techy measures. Even conservative luxury watch brands that want to remain true to their original craft are hopping onto the smartwatch train. One of these brands is Montblanc, and their luxurious watch band is both classy and sleek.

Montblanc’s Timewalker Speed Collection will have the option of coming with an e-Strap. This smart watch band beautifully meshes old and new by bringing together a high-end Italian leather strap and a small OLED touchscreen made from diamond-like carbon-coated steel. The pairing of a traditional watch face with a smartband appeals to both hardcore watch lovers and the new generation of smartwatch fans.

Although the e-Strap is debuting with the Timewalker Urban Speed collection, it will be available for purchased separately. So if you want to smartify your favorite watch *cough* the Helvetica watch *cough*, the e-Strap is compatible with all 42mm- or 43mm-wide watches. The lithium ion battery keeps your e-Strap going for one whole work week on a single charge. It can notify you of all the basics — calls, texts, social media notifications, emails, calendar events and reminders. On top of that, it might be able to replace your daily fitness wearable. Equipped with a pedometer and an accelerometer, the e-Strap pairs with your phone so you can monitor your activity levels via an app.

If Santa wasn’t able to get you a selfie stick this past year, don’t worry, because the e-Strap can be used as a remote control shutter button. It’s also a control panel for all your music-listening needs. A pretty cool added function is that the e-Strap will help you find your misplaced phone as long as you’re within Bluetooth range.

The Timewalker Urban Speed Chronograph will be selling for $5,560, but if you just want the Montblanc e-Strap you can purchase one for $297.

Are you going to splurge on the latest Montblanc timepiece or are you going for the e-Strap only? Let us know in the comments!

(h/t A Blog to Watch)