The Garmin Marq comes in five distinct themes 8211; Athlete, Expedition, Captain, Aviator and Driver 8211; and you can think of them as elite versions of the Fenix 5S but with added special features for specific high-end activities.
Each of the 46mm diameter watches features a titanium case, Sapphire crystal glass face, built-in heart-rate tracking, proprietary pulse ox2 sensor (to measure blood oxygen), GPS, a long-lasting battery, always-on display, music storage and Garmin Pay compatibility for contactless payments.
Here8217;s a mini gallery of the main four and what they have to offer. If you can afford one, of course, as the Marq range starts at £1,400 ($1,500) for the Athlete and finishes at £2,250 ($2,500) for the Driver (we8217;ve put them in price order below because we8217;re kind like that).
Think of this one as akin to a Garmin Fenix 5 but with a titanium case (a feature of every Marq watch). It8217;s designed with sports in mind, featuring both recovery time and VO2 max scales on the bezel itself. The strap is rubberised, so doesn8217;t look as fancy as the others, but then you8217;ll be sweating buckets into it, so that makes sense.
Designed to be the long-laster, the Expedition uses the Garmin app to save battery power to go on and on 8211; up to four days with GPS running, according to a Garmin spokesperson at CES Asia. Other expedition-focused features include a compass, topographical maps, and ClimbPro 8211; software that provides real-time information for current and upcoming climbs, such as gradient, distance and elevation gain.
The raw titanium bezel is even etched with compass markings, while the strap is Italian vacchetta. Rugged and fancy. That strap makes all the difference, though, helping that titanium case to really jump out.
For the seafarer, the Captain follows a nautical theme, displaying weather conditions, wind speed and shifts, temperature and tide information (as sourced from the web) to give you a heads-up for how that day out sailing is likely to be.
The bezel here is ceramic and features 8220;a regatta timer that adds GPS technology to make precision starts virtually automatic8221;, says Garmin. We did not know a five minute countdown was a sailing thing, but for those in the know that8217;ll be a nice special feature.
This is our favourite watch of the five. Not because we8217;re a captain, or would want to be, simply because that blue colour looks great. The strap is a 8220;unique tricolor jacquard-weave nylon8221; too, adding to the overall theme.
The Aviator includes aviation maps, Garmin cockpit integration and other in-flight specific features, including vertical speed for those fighter-jet take-offs that you8217;ll no doubt be doing frequently. You Tom Cruise-a-like, you.
What you8217;re looking at here isn8217;t quite representative of the final version, because Garmin didn8217;t have the proper strap available. As the most expensive of the lot, you don8217;t get the same rubberised one as on the Athlete, instead a hybrid titanium bracelet with red silicone links is designed to 8220;stay cool and comfortable8221;. Shame we didn8217;t get to see that.
Anyway, as you will have guessed the Marq Driver is designed for the car enthusiast and/or racing driver. Not only does it feature a unique animated face with three clock hands, it also houses famous racetrack maps 8211; so select one and it8217;ll be displayed on the watch face, while wrist-based lap times will automatically track and record laps if you8217;re out on that circuit.