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 Wear OS 3 smartwatches from Samsung – although you’re paying for the privilege. The edge comments Montblanc has introduced the Summit 3, a major upgrade to the German brand’s luxury timepieces. The improved Google software (including better performance) is the most notable update, but you also get a much-needed jump from the Summit 2’s 2018-era Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip to the (still somewhat old) Wear 4100+. Expect more responsive wristwear that lasts longer on a charge.

The standout feature remains the luxurious design. The conventionally styled case is made of light yet strong titanium and you get both leather and rubber straps for different occasions. Some watch faces also mimic Montblanc mechanical models, such as the 1858 Geosphere. You can expect otherwise typical high-end smartwatch features, such as blood oxygen monitoring, sleep tracking, and Google Pay support.

The Summit 3 will be available worldwide on July 15. However, as with previous Montblanc smartwatches, you’re paying for the combination of classic watchmaking expertise with modern technology – the new model will retail for $1,290. That’s a steal compared to the $1,800 TAG Heuer Connected Caliber E4 and the $3,400 Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon Light Up, but it’s a sharp jump from the $300 you’re currently paying for a 42mm Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. This is for affluent aficionados who want a tech accessory for formal galas – and won’t shy away from the expense of an upgrade a few years down the line.

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

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