Garmin Fenix Chronos is the company’s latest premium wearable

Garmin has launched the new Fenix Chronos, the newest member of the company’s Fenix range of smart-ish watches.

The Fenix Chronos is based on the Fenix 3 and Fenix 3 HR but with a few changes. Like the other two, Chronos has a 1.2-inch sunlight-readable Garmin Chroma Display that uses ambient light to make itself readable thereby saving on power. It also has build-in GPS and GLONASS connectivity for tracking. Like the Fenix 3 HD, Chronos also has an integrated heart rate monitor and barometric altimeter with 3-axis compass.

What’s different about the Chronos is the choice of materials. It is available in three band options, leather, stainless steel, and titanium. These make the Chronos look more like a premium timepiece than a simple geeky wearable.

Unfortunately, the Chronos also loses some features of the other two watches. The battery is now 180mAh instead of 300mAh on the other two watches, with battery life dropping to one week in watch mode compared to two weeks on Fenix 3 HR and six weeks on the Fenix 3 and 13 hours in GPS training mode compared to 16 and 20 hours on the Fenix 3 and Fenix 3 HR, respectively.

The Fenix Chronos is priced at $900, $1000, and $1500 for the leather, stainless steel, and titanium options, respectively.