Garmin has just announced their first luxury smartwatch, the Garmin Fenix Chronos. The elegantly designed smartwatch comes with all the features of their standard GPS exercise watches. Something like Vivoactive.
Part of the Fenix 3 series, isn’t an Android Wear smartwatch, but it can show notifications from your phone. It’s great for hikers as it sports 3-axis compass, altimeter and barometer, GPS and GLONASS. It also has a powerful battery that can last up to 13 hours of GPS-based navigation. On enabling the UltraTrac mode, the battery life extends to 25 hours. And checking off the last feature that a good hiker smartwatch needs, omnidirectional EXO antenna of Chronos promises good reception everywhere.
The smartwatches offer Advanced Running Dynamics, by which we mean it’s like running with a coach to guide you. Feedbacks will include the following metrics:Vertical Oscillation and Ration: Degree of “bounce” in your running motion and benefit ratio to stride length. Ground Contact Time and Balance: How much time your foot is on the ground during the running motion and your running symmetry. Cadence: Number of steps per minute. And stride length: Shown in real time and determines a responsive current pace
The Chronos lineup is based on the Fenix3 HR. Virtually the three models look similar. They are only slightly different.
- Fenix Chronos Titanium: Contains a brushed titanium case with forged titanium links and buttons: $1499
- Fenix Chronos Steel: Contains a brushed stainless steel case, and 316L stainless steel links: $999
- Fenix Chronos Steel with leather strap: The same stainless steel casing, but with a ‘Vintage’ Leather Band: $899
Speaking of Fenix Chronos Titanium, the housing, bezel, and buttons are forged with Titanium. The Steel one has a stainless steel housing and band in an interwoven link pattern of the smartwatch. And the leather variant genuine Italian leather band. The Titanium and Steel one’s look very similar so the best way to tell one from the other is to remember that the titanium has the long links, versus the steel that has that interwoven pattern.
Speaking of how much the smartwatches weighs, it varies depending on the materials. Like the Fenix Chronos Titanium weighs 103g, Fenix Chronos Steel: 184g, Fenix Chronos Steel with leather strap: 94g, Fenix3 HR: 90g and Fenix3 with titanium band: 198g.