Garmin is best known for being a top-tier GPS technology, but recently it’s been making waves with its top-of-the-line smartwatches, and for good reason. Multi-functionality, sleek design and overall durability are some of Garmin’s hallmarks, and so far those who have one in their possession have been thoroughly satisfied.
This week signals Garmin’s 30th anniversary, and they’re celebrating it in style with the launch of their new MARQ series. Where the Forerunner and fēnix lines are more for the casual, everyday consumer. these watches are the luxury assortment of Garmin’s smartwatches, and the catch is that they’re all outfitted with the highest-quality materials.
Each watch sports a titanium body, which is both lightweight and tough at the same time. The lenses are made from sapphire crystal forged under intense heat and pressure that makes it twice as hard as regular glass. Finally, they’re reinforced with a ceramic bezel inlay that allows users to wear it in almost any environment. Something Tony Stark would certainly be proud of.
The MARQ collection watches also feature an always-on, sunlight-readable display with GPS and all the good digital stuff that comes in a typical Garmin watch, such as music storage, Garmin Pay, as well as a wrist-based pulse sensor. The watches’ battery life can range from 12 hours in smartwatch mode, 28 hours in GPS mode, and up to a staggering 48 hours in the battery-saving UltraTrac mode.
Of course, these are the basic functions of each watch in the collection. Each of them sports their own unique features that make them stand out from one another.
The Garmin MARQ Driver is one for the autophiles, specifically those who like to race. Equipped with auto lap splits, live delta time and a track timer which allows drivers to track lap times as well as calculate average speeds, you have yourself a pretty handy companion for your next race. The body is reinforced with highly durable carbon gray DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coating, ensuring it never gets banged up when you’re going fast on the road and making those sharp turns.
The Garmin MARQ Driver will retail for S$4,199.
The Garmin MARQ Athlete seems to live up to its name, with its streamlined design with the sportsman in mind. The MARQ Athlete comes with advanced running dynamics including V02 max and recovery time scale on the bezel itself, so you’re always in the know of your performance without having to fiddle with the watch. Furthermore, it is equipped with advanced running dynamics and biometric sensors to further track how well you’ve been training, and even Pulse Ox to keep track of oxygen intake.
The Garmin MARQ Athlete will retail for S$2,499.
The Garmin MARQ Aviator is arguably one of the finest companions for pilots. It features aviation maps, airport information, cockpit integration, as well as advanced safety features in the NEXRAD Weather Radar to ensure your flights are always on schedule.
The Garmin MARQ Aviator will retail for S$3,199.
Where the MARQ Aviator takes to the skies, the Garmin MARQ Captain takes to the seas. Equipped with advanced nautical features such as a regatta timer bezel, coastal charts, tack assist and port conditions, sailors can always keep up to speed with their next destination of choice. If that isn’t enough, the MARQ Captain’s watch face displays not only the time, but the current wind speed, temperature and the tide, so your seafaring journey is as safe as it can be.
The Garmin MARQ Captain will retail for S$2,999.
Rounding off the launch is the Garmin MARQ Expedition, and is designed to aid you in the harshest of weather conditions, whether you’re trekking, climbing or a little bit of both. It comes equipped with TOPO mapping, a built-in altimeter, barometer and compass so you’re never really lost in the wilderness. There’s also a ClimbPro feature that provides real-time information on current and upcoming climbs such as gradient, distance and elevation gain. Perfect for those who enjoy rock climbing.
The Garmin MARQ Expedition will retail for S$2,799.
The Garmin MARQ series will be available at All Watches outlets in Singapore located at Bugis Junction, Wisma Atria, Chinatown Point and Waterway Point.
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