The launch of a Porsche edition of Garmin Epix 2 is imminent. The device appears if you do a search for it in Garmin Connect.
Unlike last year, in 2022 we’ve seen quite a few new Garmin watches. The latest to land is Venu Sq 2. Not too much different from its predecessor, the company has beefed up its display and battery. Now you get a 1.41 inch AMOLED instead of a 1.3 inch LCD, along with an extra 5 days of battery juice. There’s also the addition of Multi-GNSS satellite connectivity.
We are expecting Instinct 2 Analog to land in the near future, Vivomove Trend and a mystery watch called Garmin Austin. Nothing is yet known about these devices but they did appear in a local retailer listing we spotted this Spring. Other devices that appeared on that list and were un-launched at the time, have all been released since.
But before we see any of those, there is another Garmin watch in the making.
Garmin Porche Epix 2 – first pic
Open up Garmin Connect and navigate to the menu option that allows you to add a new device. In the search field, type Epix. What you’ll get as a result is three, not two, devices. This includes the original Epix released quite a few years ago, Epix Gen2 which landed at the start of this year and the yet-to-be released Porsche Epix 2.
Try to pair the Porsche Epix 2 with Garmin Connect and you’ll get an enlarged image. We’ve put it next to Epix Gen2 for comparison purposes.
As can be seen from the images above, the two devices look very much alike. But, as you’d expect, there are some design enhancements on the Porsche Epix 2.
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This includes a watch face with red accents and the word “Porsche” in the middle. Also, the strap is different with Porsche engraved on one side. We would not be surprised if the same engraving appears on the underside of the case. It is possible there are some other design changes, but these are not evident from the images above.
Porsche is a popular brand
Would there be a market for such a thing? As a brand, Porsche is one of the most popular in the world. In the US it is the most popular luxury car. In the last fiscal year, Porsche delivered 301,915 vehicles to customers worldwide. That’s an increase of 11% compared to 2020. The US accounted for around three quarters of total sales.
This is not the first such Garmin venture. At CES 2019, the Mercedes-Benz branded Vivoactive 3 was revealed. It, too, comes with some design enhancements.
What’s more, that timepiece has some novel abilities. One of these is the ability to communicate with the car’s dashboard (the Infotainment system – MBUX). The vehicle then figures out how calm or stressed you are and adapts accordingly. For example it might change the air conditioning, ambiance lighting, new-type seat massages, fragrance or music to keep you chill.
And, of course, there is the driver edition of MARQ. But that one is not about branding. Instead, it is marketed as “a luxury modern tool watch that accelerates your passion for racing”. To this end the device comes with access to more than 480 of the world’s most famous tracks and features that allow you to time cars and calculate speeds at the track.
It will be interesting to see what extra functionality Porsche Epix 2 brings. This is the first mention of device. But considering the watch already appears in Garmin Connect, its launch date should fall in the weeks or possibly days ahead. The Epix 2 starts at $899.99 in the US. No doubt, the Porsche edition will be more expensive.
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