Garmin’s pricey Fenix Chronos smartwatch targets the outdoor set

Garmin is launching three luxury smartwatches that pack in a number of activity tracking features with a high-end look for those who want something beyond some of the arguably bland looking smartwatches watches out there.

The Fenix Chronos is squarely in the luxury category, with a $1,499 price tag for the most high-end titanium model. By the looks of the design and overall aesthetic it will sit well on the wrist of someone dressed up for a day at the office or an evening out, though it contains enough fitness and tracking capabilities under the hood to make it a suitable companion for a many different types of physical activity.

Garmin says the watch contains an exceptional number of tracking services that go beyond most smartwatches. There’s an altimeter, barometer, compass, and a navigation system to help you find your original starting point if you wander too far off the beaten path. Garmin has also built in specific software to track the details for golf, biking, swimming, and other sports.

All three versions of the watch have a “high-strength and scratch-resistant” sapphire lens with a 1.2-inch Chroma Display™ with LED backlighting. Additionally, the watches include a  10 ATM (100m) water rating. You’ll get around 13 hours of battery life if it’s firing on all tracking cylinders, with 25 hours in battery-saving mode.

If you’re tempted to opt for this rather sophisticated but pricey smartwatch, it’s available from Garmin today. Along with the titanium option, you can get a model with a leather band for $899 and a steel band for $999.