Garmin is now trying to enter the realm of luxury smartwatches with the introduction of their new Garmin Fenix Chronos. At first glance, the Chronos can be mistaken as an ordinary watch because of the default analog watch face coupled with an old-fashioned tachymeter around the rim. You have to take a deeper look into the watch before you can really say that this is not just your ordinary smartwatch.
First things first, the Garmin Fenix Chronos Sports Watch is fitness-focused smartwatch. The Chronos follows the design concept and body construction featured on the Fenix 3 HR. The titanium or 316L stainless steel watch is a large piece of wearable tech. And yes, the watch comes in three options; a brushed steel casing with a stainless steel band, a brushed-titanium casing with a titanium band and a cheaper steel casing with a vintage leather band. The Chronos have sapphire crystal glass regardless of your option.
The key feature of the Chronos is its fitness functionality. It’s a watch that can track an amazing range of sports which includes biking, bike indoor, pool swim, open water, SUP (stand up paddle boarding), row, row indoor, triathlon, golf, cross-country skiing, ski/board, climb, hike, trail run, run, and run indoor.
But what makes the Garmin Fenix Chronos distinguishable against other fitness devices are the 100m waterproofing, built-in GPS and a lengthy battery life. With the Chronos’ waterproof ability, recreational scuba divers will find a great use from this watch. The built-in GPS is very accurate and it only affects the battery life of the watch to minimal amount. And then there’s the battery life which can last for up to one week in one full charge. Turning to tracking mode will make the watch last for about 13 hours when the GPS is turned on and will last for up to 25 hours in UltraTrac mode.
The Garmin Fenix Chronos also gives you detailed activity information via Garmin Connect smartphone app. The built-in heart rate monitor works great as well. And since this is a smartwatch, you have all the basic smartwatch functionalities like displaying and receiving emails, text messaging, and smart alerts.
The accompanied Garmin Connect gives you access to a wide range of apps. It also offers a couple of unique and interesting watch faces if you want to fully customize the watch.
- EXO antenna
- Built-in Heart rate monitor
- Garmin Chroma display
- Quick release bands
- Built-in GPS
- Advanced ABC sensors
- Performance tracking
- Multiple sport/activity profiles
- Golf metrics
- Performance metrics
- Advanced performance metrics
- Activity tracking
- Smart notifications
- Connect IQ app
- Garmin Connect
- Forged titanium or stainless steel watch housing.
- Scratch resistant display.
- Excellent battery life.
- Multiple sport support.
- Elegant, luxurious design.
- No new features introduced.
Simply put, the Garmin Fenix Chronos is a luxury makeover of the Fenix 3 HR. It doesn’t do anything new and focuses only on the design aspect and build quality. But if you are a fan of luxury smartwatch and have the cash to afford it, then go for it!
A fitness-focused luxury smartwatch that comes with a stunning design and build quality but doesn't offer any new features that will compliment is expensive price.