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)

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. 

#Eleganceisanattitude #ConquestVHP #VATFree #ShopinJersey

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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.