If unique watches are your thing, you’re not going to want to miss new exposition in upscale art café Galereya. From now until 8 February 2011, Russia’s oldest watch manufacturer, Raketa is running an exhibition of its historic timepieces to mark the lunch of anticipated new Raketa collection.
Raketa chronographs have a long and fascinating history, which makes it rival to luxury watches descending from Switzerland. In 1792 tzar Peter the Great founded The Petrodvorets Watch Factory that became official precious stones supplier. From 1930’s the factory started manufacturing rubis for watch mechanisms, then watches under famous soviet brands. In 1962 the factory introduced its own brand Raketa in honor of the first cosmonaut -Yuri Gagarin. Ever since the manufacturer have been producing watches for military, KGB, polar expeditions and space industry.
Today the Petrodvorets Watch Factory is still located in its historical building. It fully manufactures its own mechanisms and watches combining the highest quality standards with fashionable designs. Raketa leading engineers have previously worked for famous timepieces brands like Omega, Breguet, Rolex, Piaget. Currently the factory collaborates with supermodel Natalia Vodyanova.
Present exhibition features everything from the original chronograph crafted in 1962 for Yuri Gagarin to former Presidents of the USSR favourite Raketa timepieces; as well as sketches of watches since 1946, archival photos and thematic posters.
Here is a taste of what you’ll see at the exhibition, while tasting Galereya’s signature dishes:
Galreya Café, Petrovka street, 27, http://gallerycafe.ru/en