Swiss watch manufacturer Ernst Benz announces the launch of a new Series inspired by The Russian Five, a documentary film that tells the captivating story behind the Red Wings’ 1997 Stanley Cup championship team.
“I am very proud of my friend Jenny Feterovich, her team and the incredible film they have produced. We wanted to acknowledge and support her work by producing a series of timepieces that tell the incredible story of The Russian Five,” says Leonid Khankin, President and Creative Director of Ernst Benz.
“The hopes, dreams and passions of these amazing athletes and their trials and tribulations as they rose to the top of their sport, fighting for a chance at freedom, deeply resonates with us.”
The announcement was made at a private event celebrating the film at Ernst Benz’s flagship North American Boutique in uptown Birmingham/Detroit, MI, where the Series was available for pre-order. Iconic figures from the hockey community were in attendance including Larry Murphy — Hockey Hall of Famer, Dave Lewis and four-time Stanley Cup champion Darren McCarty.
In addition to the event, the historical Birmingham Theatre screened the film from Monday, September 16, through Thursday, September 19th.
In addition to launching the new Series, Ernst Benz also announced that thirty percent of the total proceeds will be donated to the Vladimir Konstantinov Special Needs Trust to support Vladimir Konstantinov, member of the Russian Five and former Red Wings Defenseman who was critically injured in a 1997 car accident. Konstantinov and his family were in attendance at the event to celebrate the announcement.
“We are producing a series of timepieces as a tribute to them, their beloved coach and the film as we proudly support the Vladimir Konstantinov Special Needs Trust,” Khankin said.
Following the Detroit-based events was a premiere screening and after-party at Karo Octyabr in Moscow, Russia — these events closed out the Golden Unicorn Awards and Film Festival.
Amongst the 1500 attendees at the star-studded premiere were hockey legends Slava Fetisov and Sergei Fedorov — two-fifths of the Russian Five, two-time Olympic champion and national Russian Ten hockey coach Gennadi Kurdin, Russian singer and actress Laris Dolina, Stas Erushin, Tash Sarkisian and Daria Shishkanova.
Taking inspiration from the iconic colors of the legendary Red Wings hockey team, this special Series features a bold red dial and white super-luminova Arabic numerals to emulate the jersey colors and highlights the #5 in black on the dial — a nod to the nickname of the famed team.
The Series is being produced as a Limited Edition 47mm ChronoScope with white sub-dials and features the film logo with individually numbered 1/25 on the dial as well as a slightly reduced 44mm ChronoSport day/date version. Both versions will be offered in the Ernst Benz signature Great Circle case in brushed finish Stainless Steel with an exhibition back and options for straps, Black DLC upgrade and other personalization.
These two styles will be released this fall for delivery, accompanied by an official movie poster of The Russian Five printed on canvas.