Montblanc Summit 3 evaluate: luxurious and compromises


The Montblanc Summit 3 on a mans wrist.

Montblanc Summit 3

MSRP $1,290.00

“The Montblanc Summit 3 is a gorgeous, extremely fascinating luxurious smartwatch with the most recent WearOS 3 software program, nevertheless it’s let down by brief battery life and primary health monitoring.”


  • Lovely design
  • Luxurious supplies
  • Newest Put on OS 3 software program
  • Two straps included


  • 1-day battery life on the most
  • No Google Assistant
  • Restricted Montblanc health app

The extra I put on the Montblanc Summit 3, the extra I take into account it one of the crucial essential smartwatch releases of current occasions. Massive assertion, proper? Completely. So let’s study why.

It’s the primary non-Samsung smartwatch with Google’s Put on OS 3, it really works with Android and iOS (not like Samsung’s newest), it comes from a longtime luxurious Swiss model, and whereas it’s costly, it’s not obscenely so. Nonetheless, it being essential is one factor, however being smartwatch is one other. Can it succeed at each?

Montblanc Summit 3 design

There’s an opportunity that, like me, you affiliate Montblanc with stunning writing devices and luxurious journey equipment greater than watches. Whenever you do take into consideration Montblanc watches, its conventional, fairly classically styled journey watches and gown watches that come to thoughts. Issues are altering, although, with the corporate launching some intriguing new fashions — the gorgeous Iced Sea divers watch and 1858 GMT, for instance — which appear to take it in a brand new, extra trendy path.

The Montblanc Summit 3 showing a watch face and its blue strap.
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The Summit 3 matches in completely. It’s an exquisite mixture of present tech and chic watch design, however as a result of it doesn’t take an excessive amount of inspiration from Montblanc’s heritage fashions, it seems trendy and trendy. It’s constituted of titanium with a chrome steel bezel, crown, buttons, and case again, plus it has an anti-scratch sapphire crystal over the display. Within the field are a rubber strap and a leather-based strap, permitting you to freely select a sportier or extra informal look.

Talking of which, it seems improbable. The satin end titanium oozes class, the polished metal sections glint within the solar, and the flat sapphire crystal is superbly clear. Whereas it shares comparable supplies to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Professional, the 2 couldn’t be additional aside within the remedy of these supplies or the design round them. This can be a correct luxurious smartwatch, and it feels very particular to put on it. It’s even gentle and cozy sufficient to be worn in a single day, and the rubber strap doesn’t get sweaty or uncomfortable.

The Montblanc Summit 3 on a mans wrist.
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The big knurled crown — a Montblanc trademark — makes utilizing it simple and cozy, plus I like the best way it has a button inside it, reasonably than your complete crown being a button. The pushers that flank it look nice, however are fairly clicky when pressed in comparison with the crown’s button. The 42mm case dimension is modest as is the 14mm thickness, and I believe it matches my 6.5-inch wrist very well. It’s fairly a masculine design, although, and that added to the scale of the case, means these with smaller wrists could discover it overpowering.

Its pure rival is the 42mm Tag Heuer Related Calibre E4, which solely is available in chrome steel however has a ceramic bezel. It’s sportier and extra trendy than the Summit 3, as you’d anticipate from the model, whereas the Montblanc smartwatch is extra elegant and restrained. The display is identically sized and appears equally as vibrant and colourful too. My very own watch preferences meant I initially leaned extra in direction of the Tag Heuer, however the Summit 3 has turned all that round.

Man using the Montblanc Summit 3's crown.
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I don’t put on watches styled just like the Summit 3 fairly often, and so they should be fairly particular to tempt me away from divers watches and chronographs, however the Summit 3 has actually gained me over. It jogs my memory of carrying a Longines File for a weekend, regardless of it being completely completely different from my traditional decisions, and completely loving the best way it appeared. The mix of Montblanc heritage, trendy design decisions, and high-class supplies makes the Summit 3 very fascinating.

Montblanc Summit 3 Put on OS 3 software program

The Montblanc Summit 3’s design will make watch followers cease and stare, nevertheless it’s the software program that makes tech followers scorching beneath the collar. Samsung has solely (formally or in any other case) loaded Google’s Put on OS 3 software program onto its Galaxy Watch fashions, making Montblanc the primary to make use of it with out Samsung’s person interface excessive.

Main menu on the Montblanc Summit 3.
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Put on OS 3 is all-new and sadly fairly acquainted on the identical time. The preliminary onboarding course of is new as you don’t use the Put on OS app to attach (in reality, iOS makes you uninstall the Put on OS app solely earlier than it’ll pair), and as a substitute, you depend on Montblanc’s Summit app. This can be a massive change for producers with Put on OS 3, and it permits them to utterly management your complete watch expertise from the app to the software program on the watch, which means it may possibly all be branded appropriately. For instance, all of the watch faces obtainable within the app are Montblanc’s personal.

Controlling the watch is principally the identical as ever, with swipes to navigate menus, faucets to pick out choices, and the rotating crown to make zipping by means of Put on OS quicker. The rotating crown works all through the system and is much extra deeply built-in than comparable fashions utilizing Put on OS 2. The highest pusher reveals just lately used apps, whereas the underside pusher launches Montblanc’s Health app, however this may be modified to another within the Settings.

You swipe by means of a number of Tiles to see related info, together with your calendar, the climate, steps, coronary heart fee, blood oxygen, and sleep knowledge. The format and choices will be personalized within the app. Different apps will be downloaded from the Google Play Retailer, you possibly can management music in your telephone from the watch, notifications arrive in an inventory accessed with a swipe, and Fast Settings seem if you swipe down on the principle display.

Design highlights for me embody the refined, gray, oblong-shaped buttons within the app menu and notifications, plus the simply pressed Fast Settings controls, the clear fonts, and the general uniformity of design. The working system’s velocity and fluidity don’t disappoint both. Put on OS 3’s design is engaging, clear, and trendy, plus giving management over the app and pairing course of to the producer makes all of it really feel extra cohesive too. It’s additionally quicker to set the smartwatch up, one other enchancment over Put on OS 2.

Nonetheless, the software program is restricted and generally problematic on the Summit 3. I had a couple of issues coming into my Google account and it accepting a Wi-Fi community. It’s not with out odd bugs, the worst being a couple of random shutdowns. I’ll come again to the iOS compatibility shortly, nevertheless it’s not good. There are some options lacking, particularly within the accessibility menu. There’s no possibility to regulate the vibration depth, no period settings for button presses, and since there’s no speaker on the watch, there’s no voice management — and Google Assistant isn’t obtainable both. The one accessibility mode is magnification.

Bugs should be squashed, the accessibility is disappointing, the dearth of a speaker and Google Assistant mystifying, and it may be a bit ponderous to make use of when utilizing apps just like the Play Retailer. Put on OS 3 is an enchancment over Put on OS 2, nevertheless it’s not clear whether or not the shortcomings seen listed here are a part of its unfinished nature or choices made by Montblanc.

Montblanc Summit 3 health and exercise monitoring

There’s a coronary heart fee sensor on the again of the Summit 3, sensors for blood oxygen, plus it’ll work out your stress ranges and monitor all of your exercises by means of devoted apps on the watch. Why is on the watch italicized? As a result of you possibly can solely accomplish that on the watch, as none of Montblanc’s personal health options sync with the Montblanc app in your telephone, so all knowledge is saved and seen on the little display. No graphs, no simply sorted historic knowledge, nothing.

Montblanc’s health app doesn’t sync with different platforms both, so should you use Strava, then you definately’ll should obtain and use it individually. It doesn’t hyperlink to Google Match or Apple Well being, so there’s no method to hold monitor of all of your actions and well being knowledge in a single place in your telephone. This implies including a further sequence of apps duplicating what’s already obtainable from Montblanc.

It’s a substantial draw back, successfully minimizing the usefulness of the Summit 3’s personal properly designed well being monitoring options, and forcing you to obtain additional further apps. It’s not clear whether or not this can be a consequence of Put on OS 3 and the arrival of branded companion apps or if it’s a Montblanc choice. It’s one thing that could be addressed in a future software program replace, however in the meanwhile on the mannequin we reviewed, that is the state of affairs.

The Montblanc Summit 3's app.

What about accuracy? It estimated the identical calorie burn because the Apple Watch Collection 7 however differed with a better common coronary heart fee. Throughout exercises, I’d see it recording vastly increased (and unrealistic) numbers than the Apple Watch, so that is to be anticipated. Oddly, if you select the “Different” exercise mode it nonetheless data distances and velocity, regardless of me not leaving my lounge when exercising and the little icon exhibiting an individual lifting weights.

All this implies the Summit 3 will not be a smartwatch for health lovers. It has not one of the skill of the Galaxy Watch 5 Professional, is lacking the simplicity and accuracy of the Apple Watch Collection 7, and lacks devoted apps and modes to attraction to golfers just like the Tag Heuer Related Calibre E4.

Montblanc Summit 3 with iOS

The Montblanc Summit 3 works with Android and iOS, however I can’t suggest it to anybody with an iPhone. That is normally true anyway as a result of the Apple Watch higher integrates with iOS for extra performance, however technically most non-Samsung smartwatches can be utilized with iOS should you actually needed to and don’t thoughts lacking out on issues like Google Maps. I’ve had the Summit 3 linked to a number of Android telephones and an iPhone 13 Professional, on which the expertise was a horror present.

Horrific? Oh sure. Downloading the 20MB-ish Google Match app when linked to iOS took about 20 minutes, then one other 10 minutes to arrange as a result of it was so sluggish. As soon as I’d completed this, I seen the battery had taken a few 50% hit throughout its Herculean effort to provide me a health app that syncs throughout a number of platforms. Not solely that, nevertheless it was the second time I attempted to put in the app, as the primary time it refused to obtain in any respect.

Dwelling with it, the Summit 3’s software program stutters and pauses when linked to iOS in a manner that’s virtually solely absent when linked to Android. It’s no surprise Samsung determined to maintain the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 away from iOS, as in the event that they operated something just like the Summit 3, individuals would have been sending them again instantly. Even after a reset and attempting once more with iOS, I had the identical expertise.

Montblanc Summit 3 efficiency and battery

The Summit 3 has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 4100+ processor and 1GB of RAM, and it’s a modest performer when linked to an Android telephone. Wi-Fi vary is sort of brief, although, definitely shorter than your telephone, and there’s no skill to take calls on the smartwatch. The display is a magnificence with its pin-sharp 416 x 416 decision, and the 1.28-inch dimension is good.

Battery life isn’t so good. Within the couple of weeks I’ve been testing the smartwatch, it has not lasted greater than a full day, and even with minimal use — no GPS or exercise monitoring, for instance — it’s right down to lower than 30% most evenings. Monitoring exercises give it a bashing, too, with a 30-minute exercise taking (on the minimal) 12% of the battery every time.

Charging the Montblanc Summit 3’s battery every day is crucial. It takes rather less than an hour utilizing the intelligent wi-fi charger, which can be utilized as a plinth or an upright charger to be used on a nightstand.

Montblanc Summit 3 worth and availability

There are three fashions of the Montblanc Summit 3 obtainable, and all price $1,290 or 1,105 British kilos. The distinction is within the titanium end, with the usual titanium model seen in our photographs, a black titanium model, and a bicolor mannequin with a gray titanium case with a black chrome steel bezel.

Whereas not low-cost within the slightest, the Summit 3 is the most cost effective method to get a Montblanc watch in your wrist (exterior of the older Summit Lite), and it’s additionally rather a lot lower than its prime rival within the luxurious smartwatch world, the Tag Heuer Related Calibre E4.

The Montblanc Summit 3 has luxurious, desirability, and high-tech attraction

I really like the Montblanc Summit 3’s improbable design, and I just like the path Put on OS is taking, however the remedy of exercise monitoring is a misstep, the lacking options baffling, and the brief battery life disappointing. All of it works acceptably sufficient, the design is nice, and all of the instruments are there, however it may possibly’t fairly dwell as much as the promise.

If we solely appeared on the design, construct high quality, and wonderful presentation, the Summit 3 could be among the finest, most fascinating smartwatches you will get to make use of with an Android telephone. Nonetheless, the technical aspect, regardless of having the most recent software program and an honest (if not that new) processor, simply isn’t pretty much as good correctly.

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