New Garmin Fenix Chronos watch looks amazing, but does it justify the price?

£1,100 watch is the most expensive piece of cycling kit that Garmin produces

If you thought your £440 Garmin Edge 1000 was dear then you aren’t going to want to look at the price of the new Garmin Fenix Chronos watch, which will set you back the eye-watering sum of £1,099.99.

Thankfully there are cheaper options (relatively cheaper, of course) at £949.99 and £849.99, although these are made of steel rather than the titanium of the top-end model, and also come with a steel or leather rather than titanium strap. So what makes the Garmin Fenix Chronos watch so special?

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Well the vast majority of the changes from the standard Garmin Fenix 3 are aesthetic, with Garmin intending that this watch be as suitable for a black tie dinner as it is for a hard ride in the rain. That means that the £1,099.99 model is made from forged titanium for the body and the links, while the cheaper steel versions look very similar on the body but with different straps.

garmin fenix chronos watch heart rate

The built in heart rate monitor eliminates the need for a strap

All three models of the Garmin Fenix Chronos comes with a scratch-resistant sapphire lens with a display that Garmin says has been optimised for bright sunlight. This also translates into a 25 hours battery life in UltraTrac battery saver mode, 13 hours in GPS mode, and up to a week in standard watch mode.

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Also included is a built in heart rate sensor that eliminates the need to wear a heart rate monitor when exercising, and there are activity profiles for – deep breath – “running, cycling, hiking, swimming, rowing, trail running, skiing, triathlon, golf and more”. This means that it should do pretty much anything you should ever want it to do, including connecting to a power meter, and built-in mapping and routes.

Finally it comes in a wooden box, which is a nice step up from the normal cardboard affairs that you have to settle for if your budget for a new watch doesn’t quite stretch into four figures.