Headed to RuMa Hotel Kuala Lumpur on 13 November 2020 for the preview of Garmin International’s new MARQ™ series in celebration of its 30th anniversary. The new MARQ™ series is a collection of tool watches, forged from Garmin’s long-standing heritage in the aviation, automotive, marine, outdoor and sports markets in Malaysia.
Garmin has redefined the adventure watch market, and now, it’s created timepieces equipped with the modern utility of smart features – MARQ Aviator, MARQ Driver, MARQ Captain, MARQ Adventurer, MARQ Athlete and MARQ Commander – each designed and engineered for those inspired by their passion for flying, racing, sailing, exploring, sports and tactical performances.
The launch event, with its focus on Celebrating Malaysians, included a panel discussion with notable Malaysians who are at the top of their fields. These iconic Malaysians public figures shared their success stories and experiences of making it to the top. Among the invited guests were Datuk Nicol David, retired world No. 1 women squash player; Chris Lau, freelance journalist; Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy, Olympic Athlete (Sailing); Datuk Captain Nik Huzlan, retired chief pilot at Malaysian Airlines; and Zen Low, international race driver.
“The MARQ Collection reimagines the tool watch. It is a series of extraordinary smart instruments, authentic in every detail and an inspiration for new adventures. Garmin has always created products that fuels people’s passions. With the launch of The MARQ™ series, we are proud to have some of Malaysia’s top players in sports, racing, exploring, sailing and aviation joining us today to share their experiences in their careers – not just about what made them famous, but also something they are passionate about,” says Mr. Ivan Ong, Senior Sales and Marketing Manager of Aeco Technologies(M) Sdn Bhd.
An outward expression of consumer’s aspirations, the MARQ series uses premium materials, design elements and unique features. Each watch is built with titanium, which is lightweight, yet incredibly strong for high performance in all activities and are constructed with sapphire crystal formed under extreme heat and pressure to create an extremely durable lens that’s over twice as hard as glass.
All watches are engineered with a ceramic bezel inlay to protect the watch from wear and tear in the most challenging environments. The watches feature an always-on, sunlight-readable display with GPS and premium smartwatch functionality, including built-in music storage, smart notifications, daily activity tracking, as well as wrist-based heart rate and a wrist-based pulse ox2 sensor.
All watches are compatible with Garmin’s QuickFit solution for quickly and easily changing between different straps and bracelets. The battery life of the MARQ series ranges from 12 days in smartwatch mode to 28 hours in GPS Mode and up to 48 hours in UltraTrac™ mode.
With advanced features specific to each model and materials carefully chosen for each category, the MARQ series is crafted with precise attention to detail. Each timepiece in the collection is built with purpose in both form and function.
With an aviation inspired “swept wing” design, and a multi-link titanium bracelet with security clasp, MARQ Aviator is comfortable on the wrist for in-flight wear and transitions to a stylish timepiece out of the cockpit, too. Designed with a classic monochromatic scheme, the MARQ Aviator includes aviation maps and advanced safety features such as Nexrad Weather Radar, airport information and Garmin cockpit integration. The GMT bezel gives pilots quick access to two other time zones in addition to the current time, as well as the airport code on the watch face.
Pre-loaded with over 250 famous race tracks around the world, MARQ Driver is built for the car enthusiast with auto lap splits, live delta time and a track timer. The Track Timer lets the user time cars at the race track and calculate their average speed. MARQ Driver features a hybrid bracelet, a titanium shell on the outside for a sleek and refined look, with a soft inner material suitable for any activity. These individual titanium outer links with silicone inner links create a uniquely comfortable, lightweight and breathable metal bracelet. Treated with a carbon gray DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coating, this watch can not only withstand daily wear and tear but also the high vibration environment of racing.
For those drawn to the water, MARQ Captain features a regatta timer bezel, coastal charts, tack assist and a port conditions watch face to keep mariners up to speed on the conditions of their port of choice. The watch face shows current wind speed, temperature and tide information, letting the mariner decide if conditions are right for a day on the water. Unique to MARQ Captain, this watch is designed with a jacquard weave strap, woven in the south of France and crafted for exceptional performance in salt water environments. The jacquard weaving process allows for blending of three colors into a unique pattern and the tightly woven yarn is laser cut into metal keepers to finish off the sleek look.
Created with the modern explorer in mind, MARQ Expedition features TOPO mapping, a built-in altimeter, barometer and compass, plus ClimbPro, which provides real-time information on current and upcoming climbs such as gradient, distance and elevation gain. MARQ Expedition is compatible with the inReach® Mini satellite communicator3. Wireless unit-to-unit connectivity allows the user to remotely control the inReach Mini device to send and receive messages using MARQ. The MARQ Expedition watch strap is crafted from vegetable tanned Italian vacchetta leather and is debossed on the back, allowing for good flexibility and excellent comfort. Its waxed stitching seals the thread from moisture, preventing fraying over time. This classic vintage instrument inspired design has all the functionalities the outdoor enthusiast needs with the look and feel they want for everyday wear.
Packed with features for the aspiring athlete, MARQ Athlete includes a V02 max and recovery time scale right on the bezel, so a snapshot of an athlete’s performance is always visible with a glance at the wrist. Additionally, MARQ Athlete includes advanced running dynamics to further track workout stats, measure progress and fine-tune form. With sensors for various biometrics, athletes can gain additional insights to their body’s performance, and with Pulse Ox, they can see how well their body is absorbing oxygen. This titanium watch with silicone strap makes it lightweight for serious training, and equally comfortable in a more formal setting.
The MARQ Commander features a brand-new kill switch function that when activated, clears the user memory. Users can enable stealth mode, which stops storing and sharing GPS position and disables wireless connectivity and communication. It is preloaded with topographic mapping and advanced navigation features, which includes a barometric altimeter, compass and multiple Global Navigation Satellite Systems support and has dual-format GPS coordinates and a UTC bezel for unapparelled situational awareness. Other features include a unique dual-position mode, which simultaneously displays two sets of coordinate systems on a single data screen, Jumpmaster, tactical activity profiles and waypoint projection.
Pricing and Availability
The MARQ Collection is available for sale at selected authorised Garmin retailers and Swiss Watch Gallery from 13th November 2019 and has a suggested retail price ranging from RM7,999 to RM13,500.
|Model Name||Retail Price||Model Name||Retail Price|
|MARQ Athlete||RM 7,999||MARQ Captain||RM 9,999|
|MARQ Adventurer||RM 9,500||MARQ Aviator||RM 10,500|
|MARQ Commander||RM 9,500||MARQ Driver||RM 13,500|
Available at these authorised Garmin retailers:
- Taman Maluri (GARMIN Malaysia headquarters)
- Midvalley Megamall, KL
For more info, head over to www.garmin.com.my/minisite/marq
Photo Credits: Garmin Malaysia