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    Andrea Ragazzo (his Italian last name translates to "boy", "lad") sent me an email the other day and made me aware of his new watch brand: Ragazzo. Curious as I was to find out more, he sent me this Ragazzo R1 Watch to review:

    Here is my unpacking report:

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    The white carbon box doesn't say anything other than the logo. I like the logo, reminds me if my own last name

    Inside is the watch:

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    From the moment I saw the picture of the watch on the Ragazzo website, I was quite intrigued by the design. The black case, no bezel design, brownish hands and minutes, and the black numerals (with the bigger 3, 6, 9 and 12):

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    I must admit I have to get used to the design for a moment, but it grows rapidly on me. I can see that Andrea puts much effort into the total of the watch. The color of that strap is almost perfect! The strap is attached to the lugs without spring bars. It's done like the old Panerai Radiomirs. I wonder what it will take to replace it. The black folding buckle is generic. Nice, good to operate, nothing more. It lacks the logo.

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    That doesn't go for the back. There you can see the logo pretty well. It's a customized logo for the R1 watch. The solid case back is engraved with text: 316L Stainless Steel - 5 ATM - Swiss Quartz Movement - K1 Mineral Crystal

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    The K1 mineral crystal is domed. The crown is small (in balance with the case imo) and is easy to pull and turn.

    So how does it feel on the wrist? Well, pretty comfortable if you ask me. The strap is slightly stiff, but nothing to worry about. I'm sure it will get soft very soon on the wrist.

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    The price if this watch is USD 399.00. Not too cheap, but not too expensive either. The specs are good:

    Movement Swiss Ronda 513 quartz with 2 to 3 years battery life
    Material all metal parts are surgical 316L stainless steel
    Finish all metal parts are brushed
    Coating all metal parts are 0.8µm PVD coated
    Case ∅43mm x 11mm high, 5 ATM (50m) water resistant
    Crystal double curved, K1 hardened mineral
    crystal with anti-reflective coating
    Bracelet Italian vintage calf leather with nubuk lining
    Buckle push-button release butterfly clasp
    Warranty 2 years limited warranty
    Shipping $18 worldwide shipping, all taxes and import duties included

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    Andrea Ragazzo offers one other model. It's this one in red gold and black:

    This one retails for the same price: USD 399.00

    So if you are on the look-out for something stylish, yet different, and don't want to spend too much money, then Regazzao is worth it to consider: Ragazzo

    And when I asked Andrea about adding more models, he said:
    Concerning your questions, yes I will have more watches later. At the moment I have a three hands quartz, which will be followed by a three hands with date, a GMT and a chronograph. All models will be in quartz. But I am planning to launch one mechanical watch this year with a Miyota movement. So basically by the end of the year I should have a collection of around three to four models, each with two to four SKU's
    About Ragazzo
    The idea of Ragazzo the brand emerged in the mid-nineties from a desire to create lifestyle products and a company that would reflect our values. It took the next fifteen years, but the idea has matured into a Italian lifestyle accessories brand bringing our versatile and unique products to customers who can be confident that they are wearing a true original. Passion for details — This is what Ragazzo represents.

    Each product is built to express personality in a subtle but elegant way. Utilising fine materials, finishes and colours to emphasise the character of the design, while delivering real quality to the customer.

    Our heritage and engineering background drive most of our design decisions, making sure a product not only looks unique but delivers on its promise of being a simple yet emotional lifestyle accessory.

    Andrea Ragazzo

    Andrea was born and raised in Switzerland, where at the age of seventeen he attended the Art Institute of Bern to follow his passion for design. Two years later, the commercial side of his career began with an apprenticeship as a draftsman. Since then, the pursuit of creating unique consumer products has been his focus.

    While developing products in a Swiss engineering firm, Andrea studied mechanical engineering at the University of Applied Science in Bern. During this time, he began working with Chinese factories, establishing a deep understanding of design for manufacturing.

    After graduating, Andrea took an opportunity to work in Hong Kong. Three years later, he followed his passion again creating a successful design and product development company — Ansema.

    Having not only the desire to create unique products, but also the theoretical understanding and practical experience, he took the final step and Ragazzo was launched.

    Considering Andrea's Italian origins, Swiss upbringing and passion for details, the choice to start with watches just felt right.

    More information at www.ragazzo.com
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    Re: Andrea Ragazzo hits our forum with his first collection

    Nice review Ernie. It looks fun. I'm not a fan of Arabic numbers so the fact that they are blacked out is a plus for me. Good looking watch with jeans.
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    Re: Andrea Ragazzo hits our forum with his first collection

    In addition to my "unpacking report": Andrea called me and told me the strap can be changed by opening the case back. An instruction video will be posted on his website and here soon. He also commented on my remark about the non-branded buckle. Andrea decided not to have the logo on the buckle because he didn't want to have it all over the place. Makes sense to me, although I personally would have liked the great R logo on it.
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    Nice review. It looks very nice on that strap.
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    Great Review. Loved the wrist/pocket downshot the best. Colorway is versatile too.
    This seems to be the sweet spot pricepoint for this caliber of watch > USD 399.00
    My only changes would be > 40mm case option or 38-39mm for re-strapping into a Bund strap
    The sewn-in strap is not a deal killer but it hurts when you consider that the fastest growing accessories sector is bespoke straps.
    Check your PM for a review request please. Thnx

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    Not bad...not bad at all. Simple, elegant, very nice strap, and a step up buckle-wise. I kind of like the wire lug treatment.
    Y'know what would have been kind of kicky and cool? Rotate the "9" 180º to match the 4 through 8 numerals. It'd give it sort of a California dial vibe.
    Nice review. Thanks.

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    Yeah. I like that. A good look. Subtle and sophisticated, but original too. Those kinds of designs are tough to create. Price is right, as well.
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    Nice review, Ernie. Thank you.
    That is a great weekender. I liked the black, then you had to pop in that rose gold photo.
    I'm a sucker for rose gold. That would be a tough choice.
    I had some of my watches listed, but then I just got embarrassed.
    You know, like showing up at the party dressed as a male stripper and realizing you're the only person who didn't get the message that it was no longer a costume party.

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    Nice Review. Well coordinated and designed watch. Color and ruggedness are in harmony!
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    Re: Andrea Ragazzo hits our forum with his first collection

    If the upcoming automatic version looks as good, one may be mine.
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