Modelled after the very tool watches it was meant to compete against, Garmin’s latest Marq line of luxury smartwatches have many features that pitch it against some of the most venerable figures in the horological world.
Garmin’s Marq series, launched today in Singapore in conjunction with its 30th anniversary, consists of five devices – the Marq Diver, Marq Athlete, Marq Aviator, Marq Captain, and Marq Expedition. Each version is uniquely adapted to a primary field of adventure, and sport design cues that hail from the family of timepieces that share its heritage.
All Marq watches share a ceramic bezel inlay that protects from wear and tear with its superb hardness. An always-on display ensures perfect legibility even in direct sunlight. Within, the Marq devices sport premium smartwatch functionality such as GPS, smart notifications, Garmin Pay, daily activity tracking and built-in music storage. They also support wrist-based heart rate monitoring along with Pulse Ox sensor.
Marq series watches deliver up to 12 days of battery life in smartwatch mode, 28 hours in GPS Mode and 48 hours in UltraTrac mode.
Marq Driver (SGD 4,199)
The Marq Driver leads the pack with its SGD 4,199 price tag, and comes preloaded with 250 global racetrack maps. Built for racing enthusiasts, the Marq Driver is capable of performing auto lap splits, live delta time and a track timer that allows users to calculate the average speed of cars at a race track.
With its hybrid strap made from a titanium shell covering silicone inner links, the Marq Driver is superbly comfortable and highly breathable. The titanium is treated with a diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating that guards against scratches.
Marq Aviator (SGD 3,199)
Inspired by aviation watches, the Marq Aviator sports a luminous swept-wing design and a multi-link titanium bracelet with security clasp.
The Marq Aviator includes aviation maps and acts as an extra layer of security with on-board NEXRAD Weather Radar readout, airport information and Garmin cockpit integration. It also features airport code readout on the watch face.
True to its heritage, the Marq Aviator utilises a mirror-polished 24-hour GMT bezel to enable quick read-outs for two additional time zones.
Marq Captain (SGD 2,999)
The series takes a turn to the ocean with the Marq Captain. A regatta timer, the Marq Captain brings with it GPS connectivity, along with dedicated nautical and seafaring features such as a regatta timer bezel, coastal charts, tack assist and an in-built port conditions watch face to ensure the utmost preparedness and safety.
In addition, the Marq Captain also showcases the current wind speed, temperature and tide information, enabling seafarers to better gauge climate conditions.
A custom-made, unique jacquard weave strap keeps to the nautical theme, and is sourced specially from the South of France. It boasts resilience even in harsh seabound environments.
Marq Expedition (SGD 2,799)
Built for climbers, hikers and explorers, the Marq Expedition offers TOPO mapping, along with essential navigational tools like an in-built altimeter, barometer and compass.
For mountaineers, the Marq Expedition offers ClimbPro, which delivers up-to-date information on climbs such as gradient, distance and elevation gain. The watch is also compatible with the inReach Mini satellite communicator, and can control the communicator to send and receive messages remotely.
Its tanned Italian Vachetta leather strap is vegetable-tanned, and is untreated, finish to a high degree of softness, and is stitched with waxed cords for protection from the elements.
Marq Athlete (SGD 2,499)
To cap off the Marq lineup, the Marq Athlete specially caters to its unique audience of runners and athletes. With an ultralight form-factor in its titanium chassis and airy silicone strap, the Marq Athlete looks as natural on the track and at a formal event.
The Marq Athlete features advanced running metric read-outs like VO2 Max, recovery time scale, running dynamics and
Marq series watches will be available at All Watches outlets at Bugis Junction, Wisma Atria, Chinatown Point and Waterway Point.