Garmin Lands At Rivoli

Feature: Gallery Magazine, Jersey - October 2019 by Bex Evans.

We’re a sporty and competitive lot here in Jersey; it often seems like we can’t move on a weekend morning without weaving between lycra-clad sports enthusiasts dashing around the Island on two feet or two wheels, race number proudly pinned on for all to see.

As I write this in September we’ve seen the Breca Swimrun, Spartans half marathon and Superleague Triathlon take place, to name a few, and in October we have one of the biggest events on Jersey’s sporting calendar, the Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon takes place on the 6th.

Stand beside any start line and you see people of all shapes and sizes, some confidently placed at the front of the pack while some hover nervously behind. Some are seasoned athletes to whom this is just another event, and others are undertaking the challenge of a lifetime. The one thing that they all seem to have in common though is the bowed head and wrist raised to chest height, everyone poised to start their sports watch ticking the second the starting gun sounds.
When it comes to these essential bits of kit, Garmin have long been the market front-runner, with a loyal and fast-growing following worldwide, so I’m very pleased to report that we too can now try, and buy, these smartest of smart watches right here in Jersey from our friendly local (and award winning*) jeweller Rivoli.

Whether it’s the Marathon, the Itex walk – sorry TMF, we’re never going to call it anything else – or the Lions Swimarathon that you’re taking part in, then Rivoli have got the Garmin for you.

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Sapphire
The Fenix 5 plus is a serious watch for a series sportsperson, and capable of tracking just about any activity you can imagine. In addition to all the usual features that you’d expect from any half-decent sports watch (step counter, calorie counter, GPS route tracking and heart rate monitor) the Fenix 5 Plus is packed with additional capabilities, just a few of which I have space to detail here;

•    Mapping and Navigation - Whether getting active close to home or somewhere brand new, built-in full-colour mapping and navigation aids keep you on track and oriented.

•    Advanced Performance Metrics - Monitor your fitness level and track form improvements with physiological metrics, running dynamics and anaerobic training effect monitor.

•    Connectivity – Pair with a compatible device through the Garmin Connect app and access a wealth of personal stats, free training plans and health measurements, in addition to text notifications, weather alerts, calendar entries and workout prompts right to your wrist.

•    Music Storage – Don’t sacrifice your personal soundtrack on those days that you leave your phone at home. Fenix 5 Plus can store up to 1000 tracks and links directly to your favourite Bluetooth headphones.

•    Garmin Pay – Garmin Pay contactless payments eliminates the problem of needing to carry a card or cash during your activities. Grab a post-swim coffee, or a bus-ride home from your long run without a care in the world.

•    Emergency Assistance – The Fenix 5 Plus comes complete with peace of mind. The brilliant emergency assistance feature will automatically send your real-time location to preselected emergency contacts should an incident be detected mid run, hike, or bike activity.

All of this and much more is available from £525 at Rivoli. Pop in anytime for a full demonstration.

Garmin Vivomove HR
If like me you’re more of a Parkrun plodder than a PB chaser, but you’re still interested in tracking your movements and general wellness, then the Vivomove HR is probably the sports watch for you.
Beautifully designed to hit the middle ground between sports gear and fashion watch, there are no chunky bezels, clashing colours or confusing buttons here. The clean and simple analogue face hides a touchscreen display which only appears at the flick of a wrist, and real ticking hands that glide magically out of the way whilst you toggle screens.

Proving that looks can be deceiving, this sports watch in disguise still packs in plenty of features;

•    Auto Goal – Acknowledging that we are all different, Vivomove HR will learn your daily activity levels and set personal step goals to keep you motivated.

•    Sleep Monitoring – With a strap comfy enough to keep on overnight, the sleep monitoring function uses heart rate data to measure on how much good sleep you’re getting, and when.

•    Fitness Monitoring – The same HR monitor that scans your shuteye provides insight into your general fitness levels, a VO2 max estimate and your fitness age. Exercise regularly and aim to bring this latter down.

•    Stress Tracking – We all get stressed from time to time, but Vivomove HR data will track when, and for how long, prompting you to change patterns, take breaks and relax where necessary.

•    Connectivity – Like big brother Fenix, Vivomove connects seamlessly to your smartphone and allows for auto data uploads, discreet notifications and music control on the move.

The Vivomove HR starts from £131.00 at Rivoli. Pop in anytime for a full demonstration.

Garmin In-Store Promotion
To celebrate the launch of Garmin at Rivoli, pop into store for a demonstration with Managing Director, Garmin Ambassador & appropriately named Runner David Speed before Monday 7th October and be in with a chance to win a Garmin watch of your choice!

(*Rivoli are well-deserved winners of the UK Jewellery Award for Bridal Jewellery Retailer 2019. If there’s someone running laps around your heart, make tracks for Rivoli when the time comes to make that once in a lifetime purchase)

Garmin In-Store Promotion
To celebrate the launch of Garmin at Rivoli, pop into store for a demonstration with Managing Director, Garmin Ambassador & appropriately named Runner David Speed before Monday 7th October and be in with a chance to win a Garmin watch of your choice!

(*Rivoli are well-deserved winners of the UK Jewellery Award for Bridal Jewellery Retailer 2019. If there’s someone running laps around your heart, make tracks for Rivoli when the time comes to make that once in a lifetime purchase)