Garmin just announced its MARQ series of smartwatches – a collection of tool watches, built from the company’s heritage in the aviation, automotive, marine, outdoor and sport markets. The watches designed for people with various passions, are: MARQ Aviator, MARQ Driver, MARQ Captain, MARQ Expedition and MARQ Athlete. These high-end watches will cost you anywhere from $1,500 to $2,500.
“The MARQ series uses premium materials, design elements and unique features. Each watch is built with titanium, which is lightweight, yet incredibly strong for high performance in all activities, and are constructed with sapphire crystal formed under extreme heat and pressure to create an extremely durable lens that’s over twice as hard as glass. The watches feature an always-on, sunlight-readable display with GPS and premium smartwatch functionality, including built-in music storage, Garmin Pay™, smart notifications, daily activity tracking1, as well as wrist-based heart rate and a wrist-based pulse ox2 sensor. All watches are compatible with Garmin’s QuickFit solution for quickly and easily changing between different straps and bracelets,” said a press release.
MARQ Aviator is aviation inspired “swept wing” design, and a multi-link titanium bracelet with security clasp. It is comfortable on the wrist for in-flight wear and transitions to a stylish timepiece out of the cockpit, too. It has aviation maps, plus Nexrad Weather Radar, airport information and Garmin cockpit integration.
MARQ Driver is pre-loaded with over 250 famous race tracks around the world. It is built for the car enthusiast with auto lap splits, live delta time and a track timer. The Track Timer lets the user time cars at the race track and calculate their average speed.
MARQ Captain is for those drawn to the water. It features a regatta timer bezel, coastal charts, tack assist and a port conditions watch face to keep mariners up to speed on the conditions of their port of choice. The watch face shows current wind speed, temperature and tide information, letting the mariner decide if conditions are right for a day on the water.
MARQ Expedition. Created with the modern explorer in mind, MARQ Expedition features TOPO mapping, a built-in altimeter, barometer and compass, plus ClimbPro, which provides real-time information on current and upcoming climbs such as gradient, distance and elevation gain. MARQ Expedition is compatible with the inReach® Mini satellite communicator3.
MARQ Athlete is packed with features for the aspiring athlete. The watch includes a V02 max and recovery time scale right on the bezel, so a snapshot of an athlete’s performance is always visible with a glance at the wrist. Additionally, MARQ Athlete includes advanced running dynamics to further track workout stats, measure progress and fine-tune form.
The watches will be available in Q2 2019, and the price will range from $1,500 to $2,500.