Ragazzo is a brand you might not have heard of, and for good reason, as they are new to the market.
Owner and designer, Andrea Ragazzo, has always had a passion for watches, and the Ragazzo brand not only reflects his passion, but also a lifestyle. Andrea is of Italian origin, and raised in Switzerland, which is why the inside of the presentation box has a picture of Piacenza, Italy, which as he describes, “where it all began”.
The watches are manufactured in Hong Kong, but Andrea does not use Chinese components.
Here is a breakdown of where the components are sourced, along with the specs and price.
– 316L Stainless Steel (from Korea)
– PVD Coating (0.8 micron depth)
– Quartz Movement (from Switzerland)
– Mineral Crystal (from Japan)
– Calf Leather (from Italy)
Material: all metal parts are surgical 316L stainless steel
Finish: all metal parts are brushed
Coating: all metal parts are 0.8µm PVD coated
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
Andrea Ragazzo had contacted me to introduce his brand, and asked if he could send me his R1 models to test out and review. I was sent both versions of the R1, the black and brown (PVD coated and brown strap) and the RoseGold and black, a rosetone pvd finish with black calf strap. Here are my thoughts and review.
The packaging is a white jewelry type box, with foam lining and cut out for the watch to lie securely. While the boxes are not flashy, they hold the watch well and the boxes won’t really take up space in a drawer either.
The cases are all stainless steel, with either the rosetone or black pvd coating. The coatings are evenly applied and finished well. Measuring with the crown, the case is 43mm, 11mm thick, and a lug width of 22mm. The weight is just about 81 grams, so a very lightweight watch for those looking for something that won’t bog down the wrist.
The case is a very minimalist design, perfectly round, using a gear shaped crown and utilizing a wire lug system. The crown is non-screw down, and a little hard to grasp, especially if you have big fingers. When using the crown, gentle is the key here.