We are currently in the first true golden age of where tech meets fashion in the wearables market. In the fitness tracker and watch markets, brands are finally starting to produce pieces that are functional for our increasingly health conscious lives and stylish enough to be worn on the day to day.
Garmin, who’s know for the GPS & running focused watches, has recently release their luxe lifestyle watch in the Fenix family called the Fenix Chronos. As a watch made for the stylish adventurer, I’ve partnered with the brand to show you three stylish ways to bring it to life and to review some of its features.
Photography by Lauren McGrath
Smart Casual/Full Titanium
Fenix Chronos Titanium Smartwatch – c/o Garmin | Field Jacket – Bonobos | Navy Fine Gauge Turtleneck Sweater – Banana Republic | White Denim Jeans – Levi’s | Tan Pebble Grain Boots – Cobbler Union | Custom Sunglasses – Eye Buy Direct
[dropcap size=big]L[/dropcap]et’s get straight to the cons.
This is a substantial watch (dimensions: 1.9″ x 1.9″ x 0.6″). A titanium bezel has some heft to it. That being said, after you’ve worn it for a few hours that thought completely leaves your mind. With size being a factor, this wouldn’t be a timepiece that I would rock with a suit, however; it pairs well with everything else in your wardrobe.
This is the all titanium version of the watch (come as a tan leather strap & brushed steel version) — which is the most luxe of the three iterations. When a brunch date strikes, rock this watch with your favorite waxed cotton field jacket. The inherent ruggedness and tactical nature of the face & case are the perfect complement to a tailored military style coat.
An all metal watches typically mean business and can sharpen up any casual look. However; there’s more of an adventurer vibe with this watch (it has a built in barometer & altimeter), so, build looks around it that aren’t as formal. Just think this date is going to be an could end up in Aspen or something (thank you 8 days of battery life).
Nato Straped & Topcoated
Fenix Chronos Titanium Smartwatch – c/o Garmin | Red & Black Nato Strap – Amazon | Red & Black Flannel Check Shirt – Uniqlo | Grey Herringbone Topcoat – Old Navy | Black Denim Jeans – Levi’s | Black Leather Liverpool Chelsea Boots – Allen Edmonds
When I first got wind of this watch, I thought, this is the kind of watch that James Bond would wear if he was exclusively on a mission high in the mountains (remember the altimeter & barometer features??). So, I had to give it the bond treatment with the nato strap.
The downside of wear a traditional nato strap band with this watch? It covers the built-in heart rate monitor — but, it looks good.
Features That Are Perfect For Anyone On The Go
- Text Message & App Notification – on your way to a date and you get a text that that special someone is 5 minutes away? Easy to read notification pop-up on your dial and they’re easy to clear
- Garmin Connect Mobile App – available for iOS & the Google store, this Garmin Connect app is the hub for all the data collected from the watch. You can see the full scoop of your workouts and daily fitness goal
- Answer or decline calls when you can’t reach your phone
- Music Controls: this come in handy most when your working out trekking across the gym will get you out of your rhythm. Being Bluetooth™ connected has it’s perk.
Fenix Chronos Titanium Smartwatch – c/o Garmin | White Presto Sneakers – Nike | Camo Sweater Shorts – Superdry | Running Tights & Green Mile Singlet – Nike | Long sleeve running shirt – C9 for Target
There are two areas where this watch has it’s best chance to shine — overall design/aesthetic and fitness tracking functionality. Knowing that most consumers are interested in this watch as a fitness piece, each comes with a silicone band to keep the sweat from ruining your other bands.
The internal watch software & smartphone app are user friendly and highly in depth. Interested in tracking your rowing session? How about that down-hill ski run? Or, maybe those laps your busted out this morning in the pool? Yeah, you can do ALL of that.
Personal Life Improvement
Personally, the sleep tracking settings might be the feature that changed my life over the past few months. As an avid night owl, the tracker showed how much sleep I wasn’t getting based on the goals I set and it put a fire under my butt to catch some ZZZs.
Total rating: A-
Rating Synopsis: Functionality, Chronograph design, high-grade materials, Simplicity of use and APP all rate as an A. However; when comparing the overall size of the case to other smartwatches, the Fenix Chronos is slightly bulk.
This feature was sponsored by Garmin, however; all thoughts and rating are the opinion of Men’s Style Pro.