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Timex One GPS+ Brings Next Wave of Innovation to Running Watches

October 21st, 2014

The colorful and functional touchscreen on the Timex One GPS+

Blogger Note: Unfortunately the Timex One GPS+ release has been delayed until Spring 2015

Timex, a brand with over one and half centuries of shaping our relationship with time, has partnered with telecom companies AT&T and Qualcomm to add the latest 3G technology to create a running product that allows for text and email notifications, social media and music usage, on the go, all without the use of a smartphone. Sounds flashy, right? Well, you might be surprised how practical it feels. Join us for a first look at the upcoming Timex One GPS+ Watch (optional HRM combo available).

3G Connectivity On the Go

Going for a marathon best and wish you could have your friends and family with you the whole time? Your child can send you a message right at mile twenty to get you through the wall. Coaches, do you wish you could help out on the big workout but can’t be two places at once? Tell your athlete to slow down when they start going a little crazy over the first few repeats. Get lost on a training run? Send an SOS with your location attached. Want to brag about your latest adventure? Upload to your favorite tracking platform right away. This is a glimpse of some of the ways this new watch will change how runners interact with each other while doing what they love: running.

Cautious runners might appreciate that friends and family can track you as you take on your favorite trail or city run around your office after work. While, the escapist types may prefer to be disconnected, you get to choose who has access to your location. Certainly, the One GPS+ watch creates an opportunity for runners to have it all.

More Features Than Ever

Timex wants to fit as many run-enhancing smartphone features as possible in the watch and for many people that includes music storage. The One GPS+ features 4GB of music storage that is audible through any Bluetooth headphones. Do you have that perfect playlist that helps you get through the toughest stretches of your training? Queue up Phil Collins!

Timex’ technological advances in One GPS+ aren’t limited to the unit’s ability to replace your smartphone. Partnering with Qualcomm has enhanced the usability of the watch further by creating a screen visible in direct sunlight with MIRASOL technology.

Screen display in direct sunlight. Photo: Timex

Of course, all of this innovation is in addition to the standard features of a top-of-the-line GPS watch. The speed and distance monitor has automatic alerts for personal records, the Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor lets you know whether you’re in the zone, and the watch is compatible with Strava, MapMyRun, and RunKeeper applications.

As with all Timex Ironman branded watches, this one comes with Indiglo for use at all hours, offers water-resistance to 50 meters, though GPS and 3G features will not work under water. The interval timer, when combined with GPS capability creates endless potential for programming different workouts.

3G: Yay! or Nay?

The Timex One GPS+ probably isn’t a tool to completely replace your smart phone while running. It isn’t capable of browsing the Internet or downloading the boundless apps that are available for running (there likely won’t be a watch with those capabilities for a while). But, if you need to stay connected on your run, but hate being tied to your phone, the Timex One GPS+ is the latest and greatest option.

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Run in Your Asics…Sport Watch?

January 5th, 2012

Millions of runners trust their feet to Asics for comfort, durability and performance. The company continues to be a technology leader in the footwear category, and its innovations have extended to running apparel and accessories as well.

Now it’s time (bonus points for a bad pun, anyone?) to add running watches to the list of Asics product innovations. Partnering with Seiko, a well-recognized name in wristwatches, Asics developed two run-specific watch models, giving us a third brand of sport watches for our customers to choose from (in addition to Timex and Soleus).

Asics Seiko Race Watch Large

Asics Seiko Race Watch – $80.00
Can you say 500 lap memory, boys and girls? That’s a whole lotta data storage. And with the watch’s flash permanent memory, your information is saved even after a battery change. Speaking of batteries, you should get about 3 years of life out of the battery in this watch. And you can be confident about the watch’s reliability and performance, thanks to the Seiko “guts” that control the watch’s functions.

Other highlights:

  • Available in Medium and Large Sizes
  • Oversized, Customizable Display
  • Records Best and Average Lap Times
  • Programmable Target Lap Time with Goal Alert
  • Run Recall and Ability to Custom Name Runs
  • Hinged Strap for Better Fit and Comfort
  • Easy Touch Button Design
  • 50 Meter Water Resistance

Asics Seiko Challenge Watch – $100.00

Asics Seiko Challenge Watch Medium

How ’bout those colors, right? But color is certainly not the main story here. Asics took the features of the Race Watch and added a little extra durability, in the form of a more robust watch case design and an aluminum bezel. They also doubled the water resistance (to 100 meters). The highly asymmetrical design is meant to save weight in the watchband while allowing for an easily readable display that doesn’t interfere with wrist movement.

Like the Race Watch, this model is available in several colors in both Medium and Large sizes (you’ll have to go Medium if you want the rainbow color on your wrist). It also includes all the features highlighted above for the Race Watch. Either model you choose, you’ll have a trusted partner to help you make the most of your training workouts and race days.

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