Garmin announced the Marq luxury sports timepieces in celebration of its 30th anniversary about 2 weeks back. There are a total of 5 variations in this timepiece series intended for people who have made their Marq in life; those with an eye for the finer things in life and a penchant for new adventures. Specifically, let’s look at the Marq Athlete. ($1500 USD)
Besides having all the top-of-the-line features seen in the Fenix 5X Plus, the Marq Athlete is getting some a few unique tricks of its own.
For starters, physiological measurements from Firstbeat appear to have gotten an overhaul in presentation and launched through the Marq series. The new display combines the race predictor, training load and estimated VO2 max in a single picture, making for easier viewing. Also, the
V02 max and recovery time scales are now displayed on the bezel so users can see the countdown and no longer need to scroll through displays to get the information. Good move here.
My guess is this new presentation will make its way to the compatible Garmin watches in due time. After all, why limit such an improvement to just the Marq series?
The next obvious upgrade is the premium make. The Marq athlete comes in a full titanium case and bezel along with sapphire dome glass and 32GB of on board storage, practically double the storage of the Fenix 5X Plus. This might imply storage for apps that are bigger in size, more music, more maps storage and so on.
The look of the Marq Athlete is clean and polished. Definitely the best looking watches to come out from Garmin.
Clearly this watch isn’t for everyone. A Forerunner 645 or a Forerunner 935 will likely exceed the requirements of any user. And I’ve regularly seen people wear top of the line watches whom I know have little use for such engineering marvels; me included. But if you’ve got the cash to burn, who’s stopping you from getting/becoming a Marq Athlete?
Then again, one can’t help but be reminded of Garmin’s foray into the luxury watch scene with their gorgeous looking Fenix Chronos. The said watch has since been overtaken in terms of features by more down-to-earth offerings from the same company.
Available in Q2 2019, the MARQ series ranges in price from $1,500 to $2,500. To learn more, visit www.garmin.com.
Source: Business Wire