Ernst Benz has launched a new series inspired by The Russian Five, a documentary film that tells the story of the Detroit Red Wings’ 1997 Stanley Cup championship team.
Taking inspiration from the iconic colors of the legendary Red Wings hockey team, the series features a bold red dial and white super-luminova Arabic numerals to emulate the jersey colors.
It also highlights the #5 in black on the dial – a nod to the nickname of the famed team.
The brand announced the series 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.
The event saw numerous iconic figures from the world of hockey attending, including Larry Murphy, Hockey Hall of Famer Dave Lewis and four-time Stanley Cup champion Darren McCarty.
Leonid Khankin, president and creative director of Ernst Benz, said: “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 RussianFive.
“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.”
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.
Khankin added: “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.”