Longines Conquest V.H.P

The Ultimate Precision Watch

The Longines Conquest V.H.P is a very popular watch at Rivoli Jewellers, Jersey and is renowned for its high degree of precision (+/- seconds/year) and elegance.

This Longines collection features a number of variations all in keeping with the Longines "sporting elegance" style. These are beautifully made sports watches that break boundries in the quartz movement market. This extreme accuracy is achieved through an ultra-precise quartz combined with time display correction in the event of a disturbance.

Rivoli Jewellers is an official stockist of Longines watches in Jersey, Channel Islands. All our prices are 15% less than the UK RRP and we offer free luxury gift wrapping and postage. Rivoli is part of the Jersey Visitor GST Reclaim Scheme - Visitors to Jersey spending over £300 in one transaction will be eligble to claim back 5% tax on their purchase then they leave the island. 

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Pre-Owned Rolex

Written by Rachael Taylor and published in Gallery Magazine, Jersey (May 2019)

Peer into the windows of Rivoli Jeweller’s iconic green-and-white striped store in St Helier and amongst the twinkling diamond engagement rings and Swiss watchess, you’ll find an investment of an alternative kind – pre-owned watches. Sales of such timepieces are booming right now, for good reason, and Rivoli is amassing an offering of one of the most trusted brands to invest in, Rolex.

The fiscal power of the watch market relies, like any other, on supply and demand. Put simply, watches that are in demand will fetch higher prices and hold their value for longer. “With most other watch brands, unless it’s a collector’s edition, you may need to sit on the watch for some time to make your investment worthwhile,” explains David Speed, the managing director of the family-owned store Rivoli, which has been serving customers in Jersey for more than quarter of a century. “New Rolex watches, particularly the sporty models like GMTs, Daytonas or Submariners, tend to have waiting lists, as jewellers only get a certain allocation of each. This creates demand amongst collectors, meaning that if you pick up a brand new one that has a waiting list on it, there is 100% chance that you could sell it at an inflated price, should you want to.”

With waiting lists a-go-go and resale prices rocketing for new models, the second-hand market is proving an enticing alternative for Rolex buyers – and indeed for collectors of all types of watches. As well as offering more accessible prices and hard-to-find models, these watches also represent great value for money. 

This growing market could be worth as much as $17 billion globally, according to business magazine WatchPro, with dealers reporting rapid sales growth. Demand for pre-owned watches is so strong that even luxury conglomerate Richemont – a purveyor of, until recently, exclusively new luxury watches through its brands Cartier, IWC, Panerai et al – capitalised on the hype last year by buying out a dedicated pre-owned watch retailer. At the time, Richemont chairman Johann Rupert described the deal as enabling the group “to better serve the sophisticated needs of a discerning clientele”. 

As well as men and women buying for the pleasure of owning a Rolex, David says that it has also become popular for parents to buy pre-owned Rolexes as a milestone gift for children, often making the purchase years in advance to maximise the investment growth. “A lot of dads, in particular, want to pass one on to their sons on their 18th, 21st or perhaps 30th birthdays,” he says. “Some will also try to match the date of the Rolex to the year of their child’s birth, so will ask us, for example, to source a 1998 Submariner for a 21st birthday this year, which is something we are happy to do.” 

Rivoli has built up a strong offer of pre-owned Rolex watches at its Jersey store. Recent models included a 1991 ladies’ Rolex Datejust 69174 on sale for £2,600, and a 2003 men’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona had a price tag of £14,250. Like all pre-owned Rolexes at Rivoli, the timepieces have been refurbished to what David refers to as “showroom condition” before sale and are sold with original papers validating their authenticity. 

To put these pre-owned prices into perspective, a new ladies Rolex Datejust could cost as much as £8,900, making pre-owned a much more affordable way to buy into the brand in this instance. A new Cosmograph Daytona, meanwhile, will set you back £9,550, demonstrating the fact that some models will actually appreciate in value as the years progress. 

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“Often certain colourways can really capture the imagination,” says David of the factors that can impact prices. His own current Rolex obsessions have a comic book slant due to their coloured dials and bezels – a green Submariner nicknamed The Hulk and the blue-black GMT Master II known as The Batman. “We have had a couple of Rolexes with what is informally called a Pepsi bezel– the bezel is half blue and half red – but they never stay in the window for long,” he adds.

A benefit to buying a pre-owned Rolex from a trusted family jeweller, versus other sources online, is that Rivoli will guarantee the quality of the watch. Though these watches have been worn and loved by others, before it finds a new home it will be fully refurbished and in pristine condition. Rivoli is also able to offer additional servicing support through the Rolex-accredited watchmaker based in the same building as Rivoli.

“Because of this, we offer a two-year guarantee on every pre-owned Rolex we sell, and as we don’t sell watches without official papers, we can vouch for their authenticity,” says David, who has encountered his fair share of customers left jaded by buying pre-owned luxury watches elsewhere. “We had a collector come into the shop some time ago who believed they had bought an authentic limited-edition James Bond Omega Seamaster. He had bought it on eBay for a substantial amount of money and was crestfallen when our watchmakers looked at it and discovered it was a fake. It was a very good fake, but as soon as an expert takes off the back of the watch and looks at the movement, you can tell.

When it comes to choosing which pre-owned Rolex to buy, David has a parting piece of advice for all his customers, and that is to follow their gut. Though unusual colours, sporty models and limited editions will tend to make for prime buys, he advises against buying a watch purely for investment’s sake. “To buy a Rolex and put it in the safe for 17 years before selling it on is to miss out on 17 years of pleasure,” he says. “As long as the watch is in reasonable condition, it will hold its value. The bracelet will bear the brunt of wear and tear, and these can easily be replaced or refurbished. So, my recommendation is to pick one that you love and will enjoying wearing, because – being a Rolex – judging by past performance the investment angle will look after itself.”

Article written for Gallery Magazine, Jersey by Rachael Taylor

Jersey Boat Show 2019

Ahoy there!

Jersey Boat Show May Bank Holiday Weekend 4th - 6th May 2019

Rivoli Jewellers is delighted to once again be sponsoring the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club (RCIYC) hospitality tent at the Jersey Boat Show. 

The RCIYC tent will be open throughout the weekend and is open exclusively to RCIYC members and Rivoli customers.

The opening times of the Rivoli RCIYC Tent are:

Saturday 4th May 2019 10am – 6pm
Sunday 5th May 2019  10am – 6pm
Monday 6th May 2019  10am – 5pm

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Introducing Elliot Brown Watches
Rivoli will be showcasing British watch brand, Elliot Brown. Based in Poole, Elliot Brown watches are designed by outdoor enthusiasts, Ian Elliot and Alex Brown. Every Elliot Brown is the result of 1000’s of hours spent obsessing over the smallest details; refining, improving, inventing, and testing. These award-winning watches shrug off harsh elements and are relied upon for ocean crossings, mountain rescues, and just about any kind of extreme or arduous adventure.


Find out more about Elliot Brown online at www.ebwatches.com and come see our Rivoli exclusive Clipper watch at the Boat Show.

Retailer of the Year 2018

The team at Rivoli Jewellers are delighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Retail Jeweller Magazines' UK Jewellery Awards Retailer of the Year (5 stores or less) 2018 category. 

We are thrilled to have been recognised by our industry peers as one of the UK’s best jewellery and watch retailers, it is very rewarding to know that what we are doing here in Jersey, Channel Islands is recognised by our industry peers as being amongst the best in the UK.

Rivoli’s reputation as a quality, trustworthy, family owned, local business is key to our success and helps us stand apart from our competitors.

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Rivoli has also been shortlisted in the category of Bridal Jewellery Retailer of the Year 2018.

Rivoli Jewellers is a family owned jewellers based in St Helier, Jersey. All our prices in store are VAT free and we are part of the GST Refund Scheme for visitors to the island (5% Jersey GST refund on departure). UK Shipping available. 

New to Rivoli: Elliot Brown Watches

Rivoli is delighted to be stocking British watch brand Elliot Brown. Born from a love for the great outdoors, the co-owners immerse themselves in a coastal playground where salt water, sand and harsh knocks place huge demands on any watch. A perfect match for Jersey.

Distilling almost 20 years of experience from the world of extreme sports they threw off their career comfort blankets to develop a range of durable watches that could travel on every adventure, through every wave and look good on any occasion.

Every Elliot Brown is the result of 1000’s of hours spent obsessing over the smallest details; refining, improving, inventing, and testing. These award-winning watches shrug off harsh elements and are relied upon for ocean crossings, mountain rescues, and just about any kind of extreme or arduous adventure. Each watch must pass a rigorous testing regime including immersion in water at 200m or 300m. It’s typical of the lengths this British brand goes to, in making sure each one is ready for duty in the office or on your next adventure.


 

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Buy online: Elliot Brown Canford watch - £307.00

Based in Poole, Dorset, people who know the area will recognise the names of the watches. Broadstone, Canford, Tynham, Bloxworth and Kimmerage all Elliot Brown collections which pay homage to their heritage through their design and functionality.

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Buy Online: Elliot Brown Broadstone 505-001 Clipper Race UTC Limited Edition (1,000 pieces World Wide). £434.00

Rivoli Jewellers is an official stockist of Elliot Brown watches in Jersey, Channel Islands. All of the prices at Rivoli Jewellers are VAT free and worldwide shipping is available. Please call Rivoli on 01534 601930 or email [email protected] for details.