By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 08:28, 08 July 2020
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Garmin have announced the MARQ Collection, a series of connected tool watches of traditional watch manufacturing quality, forged from Garmin’s long-standing heritage in the aviation, automotive, marine, outdoor and sport markets.
Garmin has redefined the multisport watch market, and now, it’s created the ultimate connected timepieces, equipped with the modern utility of smart features – MARQ Aviator, MARQ Driver, MARQ Captain, MARQ Expedition and MARQ Athlete – each designed and engineered for those inspired by their passion in flying, racing, sailing, exploring and sports performance.
“For the past 30 years, we’ve created products that have fueled people’s passions,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales. “And now, we have reimagined the tool watch with MARQ, a series of extraordinary connected instruments, authentic in every detail, an inspiration for new adventures.”
The MARQ Collection uses very select materials, meticulously crafted and designed with the utmost attention to quality that help guarantee performance in the most demanding of environments. It represents an authentic outward expression of its owners’ highest aspirations. Each watch is built from titanium, which is lightweight, yet incredibly strong. Combined with a domed sapphire crystal for ultimate scratch resistance, this creates the solid core for all MARQ watches. To complement the character of each MARQ watch, an innovative premium strap or bracelet completes the look, allowing owners to match their style with Garmin’s interchangeable QuickFit strap solution.
The watches feature an always-on, sunlight-readable display, performance GPS and advanced sensors like wrist-based heart rate and wrist-based pulse ox® to track a wide variety of sport activities like running, cycling, swimming and skiing. It also provides premium smartwatch functionality including built-in music storage, Garmin Pay™, smart notifications and advanced activity tracking1 for everyday use. And for those on extended ventures, the battery life ranges from 12 days in smartwatch mode to 28 hours in GPS Mode and up to 48 hours in UltraTrac mode.
With advanced features specific to each model and materials carefully chosen for each category, the MARQ Collection is crafted with precise attention to detail. Each timepiece in the collection is built with the strict dictate of purpose, in both form and function.
The combination of brushed titanium and a polished black ceramic GMT-bezel gives MARQ Aviator a very classic style. This watch is complemented by an aviation inspired multi-link titanium bracelet with “swept wing” design and micro adjustment which is comfortable on the wrist for in-flight wear and transitions to a stylish timepiece out of the cockpit, too. The GMT bezel gives pilots quick access to GMT-time, plus two additional time zones represented through local airport codes on the watch face. The MARQ Aviator also comes with dedicated aviation features including maps with airport details and advanced safety features such as Direct-To-Navigation, Nexrad Weather Radar, a worldwide airport database and Garmin cockpit integration.
Pre-loaded with over 250 famous race tracks around the world, MARQ Driver is built for the car enthusiast. Its adrenaline infused red and carbon gray racing theme is reflected in each detail of this racing watch; like the DLC (Dimond Like Carbon) coated case, the brushed ceramic tachymeter-bezel or the hybrid bracelet, a carbon gray titanium shell on the outside for a sleek and refined look, with red silicon inner links for better comfort and flex in the heat of the cockpit. On the race track it reveals its true nature by featuring automated time keeping of a drivers lap performance, auto lap splits, live delta time and or a track timer. The Track Timer lets the owner time monitor cars from the outlines of a race track. It automatically calculates their average speed and indicates it on the tachymeter scale of the bezel, to experience track racing performance to its fullest.
For those drawn to the water, MARQ Captain features a rich nautical colour theme with a deep blue ceramic regatta timer bezel and a captivating innovative nylon strap. Woven in the south of France with an elaborated jacquard weaving process, it allows for blending three blue tones into a unique vivid pattern that supports the rich marine character of this timepiece. The band is crafted for exceptional performance in salt water environments and its tightly woven yarn is laser cut and forged into metal keepers to finish off a modern and sleek look. The MARQ Captain is a great help on deck with innovative sailing features that make a real difference during a regatta; like virtual starting line, time to burn and tack assist. The watch face shows current wind speed, temperature and tide information at the homeport, letting the mariner decide if conditions are right for a day on the water.
Inspired by vintage expedition instruments, the MARQ Expedition features a 360° compass bezel, analogue style barometric scales on its watch face and a vegetable tanned, Italian vacchetta leather strap. The tough strap has been debossed on the back in order to provide suppleness and comfort from the first moment on. Its waxed stitching seals the thread from moisture, preventing fraying over time. Created with the modern explorer in mind, MARQ Expedition features TOPO mapping, built-in auto calibrating altimeter, barometer and compass. MARQ Expedition is compatible with the inReach® Mini satellite communicator3. Wireless unit-to-unit connectivity allows the owner to remotely control the inReach Mini device to send and receive messages from everywhere in the world using MARQ. Its new expedition mode allows adventurer to track safely over several weeks, wherever their way may take them.
Its performance optimized design and the powerful carbon gray/ force yellow sports theme makes the MARQ Athlete the clear choice for the endurance athlete. The bezel proudly presents what matters most to the athlete, such as V02 max and recovery time, all visible at a glance to the wrist. Additionally, MARQ Athlete includes advanced running dynamics to further track workout stats, measure progress and fine-tune form. With sensors for various biometrics, athletes can gain additional insights as to their body’s performance. MARQ Athletes provides the perfect toolset for any competition and fashions a winning attitude every day.
The MARQ series is available in UK and Ireland from 13th March 2019, ranging in price from £1,399.99 to £2,249.99 (Ireland: €1,537.00 to €2562.00). To learn more, visit the Garmin website.
The MARQ series is the latest solution from Garmin’s expanding outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, trail running, mountain biking, golfing, diving or using satellite communication, Garmin outdoor devices are essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. For more information about Garmin’s other outdoor products and services, go to the Garmin website, Garmin outdoor blog and Garmin Twitter.