GARMIN the MARQ series: Authentic in Every Detail

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Sri Utami

a collection of 5 distinctive tool watches, forged from Garmin’s long-standing heritage in the aviation, automotive, marine, outdoor and sport markets.

Garmin has created the ultimate timepieces for those who seek an adventurous but also luxurious lifestyle, equipped with the modern utility of smart features. Choose from the MARQ Driver, MARQ Aviator, MARQ Captain, MARQ Expedition and MARQ Athlete – each is designed and engineered for those inspired by their passion in racing, flying, sailing, exploring and sports performance.

The MARQ series uses premium materials, design elements and unique features. Each watch is built with titanium, which is lightweight, yet incredibly strong for high performance in all activities, and constructed with sapphire crystal formed under extreme heat and pressure to create an extremely durable lens. All watches are engineered with a ceramic bezel inlay to protect the watch from wear and tear in the most challenging environments. The watches feature an always-on, sunlight-readable display with GPS and premium smart-watch functionality, including built-in music storage, Garmin Pay, smart notifications, and daily activity tracking, as well as a wrist-based heart rate and a wrist-based pulse ox2 sensor. All watches are compatible with Garmin’s QuickFit solution for quickly and easily changing between different straps and bracelets.

The MARQ Driver comes pre-loaded with over 250 famous race tracks from around the world and is built for the car enthusiast with auto lap splits, live delta time and a track timer. The Track Timer lets the user time cars at the race track and calculate their average speed. It features a hybrid bracelet, a titanium shell on the outside for a sleek and refined look, with a soft inner material suitable for any activity. These individual titanium outer links with silicone inner links create a uniquely comfortable, lightweight and breathable metal bracelet. Treated with a carbon gray DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coating, this watch can not only withstand daily wear and tear but also the high vibration environment of racing.

The MARQ Aviator delivers an aviation inspired “swept wing” design, and a multi-link titanium bracelet with security clasp that is comfortable on the wrist for in-flight wear yet transitions to a stylish timepiece out of the cockpit, too. Designed with a classic monochromatic scheme, it includes aviation maps and advanced safety features such as Nexrad Weather Radar, airport information and Garmin cockpit integration. The GMT bezel gives pilots quick access to two other time zones in addition to the current time, as well as the airport code on the watch face.

The MARQ Captain features a regatta timer bezel, coastal charts, tack assist and a port conditions watch face to keep mariners up to speed on the conditions of their port of choice. The watch face shows current wind speed, temperature and tide information, letting the mariner decide if conditions are right for a day on the water. This watch is designed with a jacquard weave strap, woven in the south of France and crafted for exceptional performance in salt water environments.

The MARQ Expedition contains TOPO mapping, a built-in altimeter, barometer and compass, plus ClimbPro, which provides real-time information on current and upcoming climbs such as gradient, distance and elevation gain. It is also compatible with the inReach Mini satellite communicator. Wireless unit-to-unit connectivity allows the user to remotely control the inReach Mini device to send and receive messages using MARQ. The watch strap is crafted from vegetable tanned Italian vacchetta leather and is debossed on the back, allowing for good flexibility and excellent comfort. Its waxed stitching seals the thread from moisture, preventing fraying over time.

Finally, the MARQ Athlete is packed with features for the aspiring athlete, including a V02 max and recovery time scale right on the bezel, so a snapshot of an athlete’s performance is always visible with a glance at the wrist. Additionally, it 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 to their body’s performance, and with Pulse Ox, they can see how well their body is absorbing oxygen. This titanium watch with silicone strap makes it lightweight for serious training, and equally comfortable in a more formal setting.

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