Garmin outs premium Fenix Chronos GPS smartwatch with titanium design and sports tracking functionality
Watch and sports accessory maker Garmin is going full-on premium with its latest smartwatch, the Fenix Chronos. Made with jeweler's grade materials, it's the first Garmin watch to combine a durable metal housing with the latest fitness training and activity tracking technology in smartwatches. The item is available in titanium, steel, and steel with vintage leather band to suit the tastes of the manly men who will be wearing these.
Doubling up on style, Garmin adorned the titanium version with a unique brushed titanium band with individually brushed forged titanium links and black elastomer inner links, which makes for a strong, but lightweight and comfortable leash. The steel version has solid 316L stainless steel links, assembled and brished by hand for a smooth, consistent texture. Likewise, the leather band has hand-sewn contrast stitching and a nubuck inner lining. Each Chronos watch also comes with an interchangeable silicone sport band.
All versions have a high-strength and scratch-resistant sapphire lens and a 1.2-inch Chroma Display™ with LED backlighting for great visibility in all conditions, even in direct sunlight. These watches also have a 10ATM (100m) water rating, and are designed to withstand the elements.
Garmin seriously delivers.As for the smartwatch functionality, Garmin seriously delivers. Through the Connect IQ store in the Garmin Connect mobile app, users can download any of the free apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields to suit their individual needs. They can even create custom watch faces using their own photos with the new FaceIt app. Additionally, users can pair the watch with a compatible phone to receive incoming call, text, email and other alerts right on their watch. The timepiece supports automatic uploads to Garmin Connect mobile, so users can upload all their data, start a LiveTrack session or share an activity on social media easily.
The Fenix Chronos is also equipped with an omni-directional EXO™ antenna with GPS and GLONASS satellite reception that supports better reception in challenging environments than with GPS alone. Likewise, the ABC sensors (altimeter, barometer, compass) allow users to keep their bearings while out in the field. The bundled activity profiles include run, bike, lap swim, open water, SUP, row, golf and more.
The smartwatch also comes with daily activity tracking technology, so that users can monitor the number of steps taken, calories burned, stairs climbed, and quality of rest at night with the sleep mode. With the addition of Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology, users have the freedom to constantly monitor heart rate at the wrist.
The Fenix Chronos offers up to 13 hours of battery life in GPS mode, up to 25 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode, and one week in smartwatch mode. It's available now, with the Fenix Chronos titanium with titanium costing $1,499.99; Fenix Chronos steel with stainless steel costing $999.99; Fenix Chronos steel with leather band costing $899.99.