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  1. #71
    Quote Originally Posted by Lancaster View Post
    I'm about the same distance away on the train, time wise.
    Similar surname as well I think.
    Lancaster,

    Give me a shout when you head to the Boutique, can go have a look together then grab or coffee, or beer...depending on one's choice!!!

  2. #72
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenks78 View Post
    Lancaster,

    Give me a shout when you head to the Boutique, can go have a look together then grab or coffee, or beer...depending on one's choice!!!
    Yeah will do cheers.I haven't been round Manchestoh for nearly 2 years and I do actually like the other shops in and around St Anne's Square.

  3. #73
    There seems to be a bit of snobbery about Bremont partnering with Signet, but personally don't see the issue.

    Went to the Bremont store in Manchester yesterday and thought it was great, if you didn't know the brand and you saw the boutique you would instantly be impressed and have a good impression of the brand.

    I'm not sure of the ownership model of this store, but not sure it makes a huge difference. Its like not driving an Ferrari, because they are under the same ownership as a Fiat

    As for Ernest Jones in Manchester it's good enough for Omega, Cartier, Zenith, Breitling and Glashutte Original. Regardless of this to me there is one major issue with the Bremont boutiques, their prices are fixed, they might throw in a few freebies but while you can readily get discounts elsewhere I would never purchase from there... it makes no sense

    Can they survive of sales from people who will pay full RRP? perhaps some people are oblivious that they can be found cheaper elsewhere? And perhaps it is part of Bremonts strategy to eventually control points of sale so they can't be had below RRP.

  4. #74
    The Manchester boutique is owned and operated by Bremont.

    I'm really happy to see Bremont open new boutiques and partner with other jewellers, as the brand then becomes more widely known.

    More stores can't be a bad thing.




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  5. #75
    Quote Originally Posted by jonobailey View Post
    Can they survive of sales from people who will pay full RRP? perhaps some people are oblivious that they can be found cheaper elsewhere? And perhaps it is part of Bremonts strategy to eventually control points of sale so they can't be had below RRP.
    I've commented on this on another forum. I whole heartedly believe that we should pay full rrp for everything we buy and especially watches. For some reason we in the UK have a built in sense that we should never be paying full price. I think that it comes from a history of haggling for everything and constant sales. I completely believe that if everything was full price and the only thing that dealers could compete on was customer service, then in the long run we would all benefit. We wouldn't even lose out financially as I'm sure that manufactures and dealers build in profit margins expecting to have to offer a discount. If they know they'll get full rrp then they won't need to put in a 'discount margin'. I also think I'm correct in saying that all manufacturer boutiques either shouldn't or won't offer discounts. The ones I know certainly don't and I'm led to believe that Rolex AD's would even laugh you out of the door if you suggested it.

    As for the snobbery, that's the watch industry as a whole. You don't really think that people buy Rolex because their watches are exponentially better built than a Bremont based on their selling point? I'm even told that the big brands 'control' where the stands are in multiple brand stores so that they're not next to certain other brands. If we all wanted a durable, good looking watch that could accurately tell the time we could get one for a fraction of the cost of a Longitude for instance but people will buy an expensive watch because they like it, in many cases want to show it off and if nothing else, like the idea of a high end watch on their wrist. Those last two could easily be placed in the 'snobbery' category.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jenks78
    The Manchester boutique is owned and operated by Bremont
    which does separate it from the others in this thread if that's true. The other newly opened boutiques are owned by Signet but operated by Bremont
    Last edited by theancientmariner; 01-23-2022 at 10:50 PM.

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