Since there are portable GPS devices, wearables and fitness trackers, Garmin has been a leader in the field, manufacturing professional-grade devices for the aviation and marine industries and the highest quality recreational devices for cycling, hiking, golf and others. sports.
Today, Garmin is taking a leap forward with the release of its second generation of high-end luxury smartwatches, or what the company describes as “tool watches”, the MARQ (Gen 2) collection. The range includes five models for specific audiences of use, but they also share many cutting-edge features across the entire collection. Watches include MARQ Athlete, MARQ Adventurer, MARQ Golfer, MARQ Captain and MARQ Aviator.
All have a 46mm watch case made from grade 5 titanium and a vibrant AMOLED touchscreen and domed sapphire crystal lens, the same type of scratch-proof and virtually unbreakable crystal that adorns most fine Swiss luxury watches. This makes the watches stronger and brighter than previous Garmin offerings, and all have impressive battery life of up to 16 days (on an hour’s charge). All support multi-band GNSS, multi-frequency GPS (L1+L5) and Garmin SatIQ technology, providing superior positioning accuracy while maximizing battery life. A notable new addition to the series that is of particular interest to frequent travelers – business or leisure – is the Jet Lag Adviser, which uses the wearer’s sleep history and other metrics to recommend and track the ideal amount of exposure to light and exercise, suggest a sleep schedule to minimize the effects of jet lag and help users feel better mentally and physically. The app works for trips to one or more destinations.
All models include Garmin’s suite of 24/7 health and wellness features, including wrist-based heart rate, breathing and stress tracking, advanced sleep insights and monitoring BodyBattery™ energy. They also have basic smartwatch features like music storage and Garmin Pay contactless payment. The MARQ Collection (Gen 2) is expected to be available this month, and models range from $1,900 to $2,400. The five models are:
Adventurer MARQ: Focused on exploration and the wilderness, the Adventurer features a compass bezel with cardinal directions and 360 degree markings to help users stay on track, in conjunction with the orientation feature included to navigate even when there are no road maps. It comes preloaded with TopoActive maps to put a guide right on your wrist, making it easier than ever to get to and navigate to points of interest. The NextFork™ gives the distance to the next trail intersection as well as the name of the trail ahead, to avoid wrong turns, and maps include elevation profiles and more.
MARQ Athlete: With a lightweight ventilated silicone rubber wristband for a secure fit and accurate sensor readings, Athlete will allow users to track all aspects of their performance, training and recovery with advanced metrics like race readiness. training, which gives a score based on sleep quality, recovery, training. load and more, so they can figure out if it’s a good day to push the limits or relax. For runners, it includes training features like PacePro™, which keeps your pace strategy on track with grade-adjusted guidance, and real-time endurance to track and manage effort throughout an activity to avoid burnout. MARQ Athlete comes preloaded with sport-specific tracking and apps for many other sports activities like cycling, swimming, skiing, golf, gym workouts, surfing, tennis and even the latest craze , pickleball. In addition to daily activity tracking, it offers easy-to-follow animated cardio, strength, yoga, and Pilates workouts that are perfect for working out on the go at hotel gyms.
MARQ Aviator: Packed with pro features for pilots, this one will also appeal to aviation enthusiasts. He can navigate to a location or waypoint in the worldwide aeronautical database or use the nearest function to activate a path to a nearby airport. With Aviation Alerts, pilots can set minimum crosswind and flying conditions they are comfortable with and get notified when it’s a good time to fly. For world travelers, it takes the new Jet Lag Adviser which is included on all MARQ watches and places it on the watch face, displaying the user’s time zone, “like” time and, a once fully acclimated, will automatically update to display 24 hours. /7 tips on light, sleep and exercise. For optimal situational awareness, pilots can flip through the moving map with a simple tap, view NEXRAD radar overlaid on the route, and access aviation weather, including METAR, TAF and MOS1, to view winds , visibility, barometric pressure and more.
MARQ Golfer: Garmin has been the industry leader in GPS golf watches for years, and I’ve long used an existing golf model that knows what course you’re playing when you arrive (preloaded with over 42,000 courses worldwide), features a stunning touchscreen display that shows hole and length, layup and haul distances to bunkers and other hazards, view of the green and accurate yardage to front, center and back back of the green, no matter what angle you approach. The new MARQ Golfer is the next generation of already excellent golf technology, with a golf course inspired color scheme, green ceramic inlay, custom engraved bezel and triton green jacquard weave nylon strap. It gives slope and direction with green outlines (active Garmin Golf™ app membership required) and includes Garmin’s most advanced golf feature set, Virtual Caddy, Hazard View, Wind Data, PinPointer and includes three Approach CT10 golf club sensors for automatic club tracking.
Captain Mark: Aimed at sailors, nautical details include a navy blue ceramic bezel with regatta timer and a racing-inspired striped jacquard woven nylon strap. A built-in regatta timer helps racers cross the starting point at the right time, using GPS to calculate the sweet spot with a countdown timer that shows time to gun. For enhanced situational awareness on the water, alerts and alarms will signal impending tide changes and anchor drag. You can access the autopilot right from your wrist to change course, activate pattern steering, or follow a route. Captain MARQ also includes profiles for other water sports activities like kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing, kiteboarding, and kitesurfing.