Jeff Koons’ original ballerinas by Oksana Zhnikrup

The exhibition of the genuine statuettes “Ballerina Lenochka” and “Ballerinas before the performance”, that inspired Jeff Koons to make his amazing installations all over the world, is organized in Moscow and will also be held in St. Petersburg and Paris. This event is dedicated to the release of a new Raketa model “Ballerina”, designed by the first soloist of the Bolshoi theatre Anna Tikhomirova, as well as to the triumph of the work of the Russian-Ukrainian sculptor Oksana Zhnikrup and her famous statuettes. Jeff Koons. From soviet “kitsch” to Louis Vuitton bags design Most Russians have learned about the most expensive contemporary artist Jeff Koons only when he became a designer of Louis Vuitton. He printed the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo Da Vinci and Peter Paul Rubens on the accessories made by LV. In the west, Jeff Koons has long been known for his sculptures in “kitsch” style. Since 2010, the main theme of his work has become ballerina. “Ballerinas” were produced in numerous copies, sold for millions of dollars and exhibited in major museums and galleries of the world. However, no one noticed that this sculpture is an exact copy of the work of the Russian-Ukrainian sculptor Oksana Zhnikrup. Jeff Koons’ Ballerinas are exhibited in Paris, Miami, London, Buenos-Aires and other cities. In 2017 Jeff Koons made his 13-meters-tall “Seated ballerina” in front of the New York’s Rockefeller Centre. Since 1974 the statuette “Ballerina Lenochka” by Oksana Zhnikrup is easy to find almost in every house of the soviet citizen. Soviet roots of Jeff Koons’ triumph The creator of the “Ballerina Lenochka” that inspired Jeff Koons was a Russian-Ukrainian sculptor, Oksana Zhnikrup. Born in January 1931 in Chita (Siberia), she graduated from the sculpture department of the Odessa Art College. Then she worked as a sculptor at Kiev Experimental Ceramics and Art Factory (KEKHZ), where, among other works, the triumphant statuettes of the “Ballerina before the performance” (1961) and “Ballerina Lenochka” (1974) were created. Bolshoi theatre celebrities became Raketa designers The Bolshoi theatre stars – Artem Ovcharenko and Anna Tikhomirova were the first to notice similarity in the works of Jeff Koons and popular Soviet statuettes. Not only the “Seated Ballerina” was copied in detail, but the previous work of Koons “Ballerinas” is an exact copy of the statuette of “Ballerina before the performance” by Oksana Zhnikrup. They told about that to their friend, Soviet art collector – Count Jacques von Polier, the creative director of the Watch Factory “Raketa”. By this time, the count has already collected the largest collection of ballerinas – the prototypes of Jeff Koons’ works. “I am so proud that contemporary art would not exist without Russia at all. Kandinsky and Malevich were the first creators of abstract art and nowadays the popular art of “kitsch” was born in Russia”, says Count Jacques von Polier. That’s how the idea to make an exhibition was born that will also be honored to the release of a new collection of Raketa watches “Ballerina”. Exhibition tour: 05/06/17 – 24/06/17 – “Ballerinas” in Raketa Creative Studio in Moscow 25/06/17 – 23/08/17- “Ballerinas” in Raketa boutique at Tverskaya street, Moscow 01/09/17 – 30/09/2017 – “Ballerinas” in Raketa Watch Factory in Peterhof 01/10/17 – 30/10/17 – “Ballerinas” at Place Vendôme in Paris.

Russian astronaut Sergei Krikalev became a member of Raketa watch factory

Sergei Krikalev is a Russian astronaut. He is the world record holder for the total time, spent in space (803 days total) and twice hero of Russia. He joined the team of the watch factory “Raketa” for creating a special model for astronauts. The history of the brand “Raketa” is inextricably linked with the cosmos since 1961. The flight of Yuri Gagarin became the greatest step in the history of the mankind. Since then, there have been many discoveries, but Russian cosmonautics is still ahead. Sergei Krikalev is the most famous cosmonaut of the modern age, he is respected and well-known all over the world. Sergey has never accepted to cooperate with brands before, since he believes that his success was due to the work of hundreds of people who prepared his flights into space. Though, watch factory “Raketa” was an exception for him, as it really needed support. Sergei Krikalev decided to support the Russian historical factory and took part in the development of the best watches for Russian cosmonauts. This watch contains everything what is necessary for a successful flight into space: 24 hours dial, self-winding system with independent manual winding, solar compass, titanium bezel. Raketa “Baikonur” model opens a new line of so called “cosmic watches”. This new model will be available not only for real cosmonauts, but also for those who dreamed of becoming a cosmonaut one day. The Petrodvorets Watch Factory «Raketa», Russia’s oldest factory, was founded by Peter the Great in 1721. The Factory is producing watches under the brand «Pobeda» (Victory) since the End of World War II. In 1961 the brand «Raketa» was launched in honor of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. The Petrodvorets Watch Factory is one of the rare watch factories in the world that fully manufactures its own movements from A to Z, including hairspring and escapement.

Новый грандиозный проект Часового Завода «Ракета» – сотрудничество со звездами Русского балета Артемом Овчаренко и Анной Тихомировой

Artem Ovcharenko and Anna Tikhomirova have recently learnt about Watch Factory “Raketa”. The factory that already counts three hundred years of history, which is one of the few manufactures in the world that produces watch movements from A to Z. The acquaintance with the creative director of the factory – Count Jacques Von Polier  has brought to an excellent idea of cooperation. The celebrity couple was engaged into creation of a new design of watches. To develop a new unique design for the model “Raketa-Premier” will be the main goal of Artem, whilst Anna will be responsible for updating the design of “Ballerina” watch. Furthermore, Artem and Anna are working on the photo shooting and video, which will be granted to the workers of the factory as a present. It has been carrying on with the Moscow Creative bureau. For the “Raketa” factory the new design of the watch “Premier” and the updated look of the model “Ballerina” is a successful continuation of the collaboration with the celebrated personalities. It is really a significant honor for “Raketa” to be able to collaborate with such famous representatives of the ballet art as Anna and Artem and the factory would like to thank them for this unique opportunity! The Petrodvorets Watch Factory «Raketa», Russia’s oldest factory, was founded by Peter the Great in 1721. The Factory is producing watches under the brand «Pobeda» (Victory) since the End of World War II. In 1961 the brand «Raketa» was launched in honor of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. The Petrodvorets Watch Factory is one of the rare watch factories in the world that fully manufactures its own movements from A to Z, including hairspring and escapement.  

NEW GAME! Save the World from monsters invaision!

IT Team of  Watch Factory “Raketa” is ready to announce the new game, that they were developing during the last month !  The game “Raketa” Saving the World” is created for computers(Does not work from a mobile phone).

The mission of the game is to save the World from invading monsters! The team of monsters is consist of such organisations as NATO, terrorists and nazis.

The game “Raketa” Saving the World” — is a chance to abstract from routine work and win the prize from Watch Factory “Raketa”. This game is inspired of classic arcade games.

How to play:

  1. Use the SPACE button to fire upon your ennemies,
  2. Use the keyboard ARROWS to move in  the game.
  3. Use Esc button to exit the game.

Fill the information about your phone number and e-mail adress, to let us contact you in the case of winning the contest. Gain points, increase level and compare results to other players.

Click this link bellow from a computer browser (Does not work from a mobile phone).


*the compatibility with web engines

“Raketa” launches the biggest mechanism in Moscow central Children’s Store!

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The Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin launched the biggest movement in the world at opening of «The central Children’s Shop on Lubyanka»!

The biggest movement in the world has been made at the oldest Russian Watch Factory «Raketa».

Development and installation of the monumental clock was carried out in record 6 months by the group of Raketa engineers under the supervision of Jacques von Polier.

The unique clock weighs 4,5 tons and consists of 5 thousand details made of gold-plated steel, aluminum, and titan . The operating clockwork reaches the size of 6 by 7 meters and consists of 21 gears, a 4-meter balance anchor wheel and a 13-meter pendulum with a 3 meter diameter. The specular surface of a pendulum works as an aspherical mirror, creating optical effect. The main mechanism is fixed at the level of the fifth floor.

The time of the «The central Children’s shop on Lubyanka» clock will be regulated by the planetary mechanism and corrected by the innovative electronic device, and the horizontal pendulum  will automatically set the mechanism going.

«The unique monumental clock will become a new tourist sights of Moscow and the main decoration of the revived «Central Children’s Store on Lubyanka». We are sure that the design of the clock will draw both children and adults’ attention. Besides the clock there will be many other surprises in the «training entertainment» format which we will tell you about in the next few days» – Sergey Kalinin, the president of «Gals-Development» noted.

The biggest mechanical clock in the world in CCS on Lubyanka will become one of the world’s  top five mechanical clocks, such as Big Ben, the Kremlin chiming clock, the Prague tower clock and the clock in Ganzhou and will be one of the brightest sights of Moscow.


Where to buy “Pobeda” watches

raketa watches часы ракета

Shops, where you can find new “Pobeda” collection:

 Official online shop


Imperiya Chasov — Sadovaya — Spasskaya st., 12/23, 2

de bon ton — st. Yartsevskaya 19


STATUS — 27, Liteyniy prospect.

STATUS  — 60, Grand Avenue P.

ALL TIME -«Kuptsa Yakovleva» mall, 38 Sadovaya str., 2 floor.

BABOCHKA — 36, Nevskiy prospect.


Imperia Chasov — 23, Bolshja Sadovaja str.


Akademiya Vremeny — 131/14, Respublicy st.


35 Traktornaya str.