Garmin announces Fenix Chronos GPS sport watch for the executive adventurer

The Garmin Fenix 3 HR is the best GPS sport watch available today and Garmin kicked it up a notch by offering a bit more polish and band options in the new Fenix Chronos line.

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The Garmin Fenix 3 HR is priced at $599.99. I bought one for myself because I felt it was the best sport watch I ever tested, but it's going to be a bit tougher to convince me to move to the new Fenix Chronos priced from $899.99 up to $1,499.99.

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While these are high prices, Garmin took the core of the fantastic Fenix 3 HR and improved the body with new materials while making the side profile thinner. You also get new band options. Considering people pay hundreds just for a band on the Apple Watch, the Garmin Fenix Chronos seems like an even better deal.

The Fenix Chronos is available in two steel models and one made of titanium. Band options include vintage leather, brushed stainless steel, and brushed titanium. At first I thought it was ridiculous to pay nearly a $1,000 up to $1,500 for a watch with a band that would not be comfortable for tracking activities. The great thing is that each of these expensive bands comes with a silicone band in the wooden box so that you can swap it out when you want to workout.

Like the Fenix 3 HR, the Fenix Chronos includes an integrated wrist-based heart rate monitor. Basic smartphone modifications are supported and you can add watch faces, widgets, and other functionality via the Connect IQ store.

To get a good feel of the new Fenix Chronos line, I highly recommend you check out the DC Rainmaker article where Ray had a chance to try each one for a few minutes.