I have owned and used the Acqua Di Parma Razor and Stand for nearly two years. While I have always been very pleased with the quality of the multitude of Acqua Di Parma products that I have purchased over the past 15 years or so, I have been very disappointed with regard to this razor and the shaving brush with which it is paired.
Let me state, up front, that I did not mind spending the extra money for what I considered to be one of the most impressive-looking razors that I have yet seen. The craftsmanship with regard to the appearance and feel of the razor is superb and commensurate with what I would expect for a $300+ razor from Acqua Di Parma. That being said, I found that, over a fairly short duration of time, the quality was far less than what I had expected. Specifically, there is a coating over the metal components of the razor--as well as over the entire metal razor stand--that began to peel off in flakes and small pieces. This is completely unacceptable for a product at this price point--and one that carries the Acqua Di Parma brand. Secondly, and even more troublesome, the component that connects to the Mach 3 razor blade is made of a cheap plastic that sits within the metal housing at the top of the handle. This plastic piece came apart entirely from the metal housing after about a year of use and had to be glued back into the housing to keep it in place. Again, another completely unacceptable flaw in this razor.
I have since given up on this razor and its accompanying shaving brush, and gone back to Edwin Jagger, now with the Chatsworth Barley chrome razor, with which I have been far more satisfied.
If Acqua Di Parma were to correct the two aforementioned flaws, I think that this has the potential to be a superb razor. I cannot, however, recommend this razor as it currently stands.