"Ragazzo R1 Wrist Watch"
Designer(s): Andrea Ragazzo, Hong Kong
Category: , Professional
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The idea of Ragazzo the brand emerged in the mid-nineties from a desire to create lifestyle products. It took the next fifteen years, but the idea has matured into an Italian lifestyle accessories brand bringing 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
This is Ragazzo's first watch, which was launched in April 2014. We have spent a long time designing this watch, which is the base for all R1 models. With this design we have set the tone for what Ragazzo strives for. We believe so much in this look and feel, that we even have patented its design.
After receiving lots of positive feedback from clients worldwide, Ragazzo has decided to go a step further and to introduce more models which follow in Ragazzo R1's footsteps.
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: d42mm x 11mm high, 5 ATM (50m) water resistant
Crystal: double curved, K1 mineral crystal with anti-reflective coating
Bracelet: Italian vintage calf leather with nubuk lining
Buckle: push-button release butterfly clasp
About the Designer/Company
Andrea Ragazzo (born and raised in Switzerland) is an Italian designer specialising in industrial design and engineering. He worked at engineering and design firms as well as manufacturing companies in the product development field for more than ten years, before founding Ansema Ltd. in 2005.
Andrea attended the Art Institute of Bern, Switzerland for two years before doing an apprenticeship as draftsman, learning the basics of mechanical design and manufacturing. He also graduated as Mechanical Engineer from the University for Applied Science in Bern, Switzerland in 2002 and holds an MBA in Innovation and Design from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
After having gained experience working with Chinese factories since 1998, Andrea decided to move to Hong Kong in 2003, where he has been living since.
As recently as 2017, he closed down Ansema Ltd. and founded Ragazzo Design Studio to replace it. This move has come after deciding to have a more unified venture including his own lifestyle brand Ragazzo, which was launched in 2014.