I’ve never been a watch enthusiast and know almost nothing about traditional timepieces. The closest I’ve ever got to ever wearing one was when my dad let me hold his Tag Heuer that weighed a ton and was way too big for my puny wrist when I was little. I almost dropped it and that was the end of me living luxuriously.
Fast forward more than 10 years later, I joined the millennial movement of strutting a Daniel Wellington. But it seems like the unknown has found its way back to me in a form that I’m more familiar with (and more competent to review): a smartwatch.
Now Garmin is not a luxury watch manufacturer like Audemars Piguet or Rolex. But you won't be faulted for mistaking the Fenix Chronos for an exorbitant Swiss timepiece. It looks and feels that swanky.
The smartwatch comes in three different bands which get slightly cheaper down the list: Titanium Hybrid, Brushed Stainless Steel and Leather. Regardless of whichever bands you get, the timepiece still looks pretty chic.
Don't let the Fenix Chronos' steely looks fool you; it's a lot more athletic than it lets on. On the smartphone app, you can even link your MyFitnessPal account to put your workouts in. The heart rate sensor is so comprehensive in giving you statistics that it has a calendar and graph of your heart rate. It can also show you how much calories you've burnt in your last run and how intense your last fitness session was.
The Chronos has a barometer that predicts changes in the weather, so you won't be caught in the rain the next time you head on a run. Then again, the Fenix Chronos is water-rated to 100m so you can run in the rain all you like. There's an altimeter too that's perfect if you’re planning to scale Mount Everest soon.
It also comes with a built-in GPS and GLONASS antenna, which means you can leave your phone at home and let the Chronos conveniently track your run timings. If you're using the Chronos on your next hike, the Chronos is able to guide you on and off the beaten path, and you might find the Tracback feature handy to help you get back to where you came from. You can mark locations on your trail, or even follow ready-made routes.
The Chronos comes with 32MB of on-board memory which is more than enough to save the details of all your marathons including pace, distance, timing. Beyond running, there are special feature sets to track swim training, skiing, golfing, and paddle sports like rowing, which makes the Chronos feel like it’s built for the serious fitness junkie.
Plus you'll still recieve all your texts, e-mails and notifications from your phone no matter what you're up to.
OKAY, ENOUGH ABOUT RUNNING. WHAT DOES IT RUN ON?
If you’ve been an avid fan of Android Wear or Apple's watchOS, it's going to look and feel a little different to you. It’s running on its own proprietary operating system and doesn’t have a touch screen.
Yes, it’s a bit of a shocker to own a smartwatch that doesn’t have a touch screen and instead, lets you control the device through four buttons. But if you are using a watch for sports and heavy activity, you don’t want it to be damaged so easily so that's a point in its court.