Raketa - Raketa Monumental Clock

Built in 2014 on Moscow's Lubyanka Square in the main atrium of the Central Children's Store on Lubyanka, the Raketa Monumental Clock is the world's largest clock movement. It weighs 5 tons and measures 13 metres high by 8 metres wide. Built and assembled in a record six months, it has rapidly become a major tourist attraction in Moscow. The Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin inaugurated the clock in January 2015.

Raketa - Raketa Mechanical Movements

Over the years, the Petrodvorets Watch Factory has produced more than two dozen versions of Raketa movements. Some have been equipped with features such as automatic winding, calendars, 24-hour models for polar explorers, anti-magnetic watches (for use in case of nuclear attack), as well as watches for the military. Mechanical Raketa watches were exported to many Eastern Bloc and communist countries and are considered one of the most durable and reliable movements in the world. By the 1980s Raketa was producing five million watches a year.

Raketa - Origin

On 13 April 1961, Yuri Gagarin made the first manned flight in outer space on the rocket, Vostok 1. In honour of this achievement, the Petrodvorets Watch Factory named its watches "Rocket"; Raketa in Russian. However, at the height of the Cold War the name "Raketa" was perceived negatively in the West, as the word was associated with the latest generation of Soviet intercontinental ballistic missiles, the R-16. During Soviet times it became one of the most produced watch brands in the world. In the 1970s the factory produced about five million mechanical watches per year.

Raketa (hydrofoil)

Raketa boats were soon in wide commercial service on the Volga River and elsewhere in the Soviet Union. To this day, the name is often used generically in Russian for all hydrofoil river boats. Later designs include the Meteor and Kometa types, among many others.

Raketa Stadium

Raketa Stadium is a sports venue in Kazan. It is the home of Dynamo Kazan.


Raketa (, "Rocket") wristwatches, have been manufactured since 1961 by the Petrodvorets Watch Factory in Saint Petersburg. The Petrodvorets Watch Factory is Russia's oldest factory, founded by Peter the Great in 1721. Raketa watches have been produced for the Red Army, the Soviet Navy, and for North Pole expeditions, as well as for civilians. Today, Raketa is one of a handful of global watch brands that produces its own movements from start to finish.

Raketa - The Petrodvorets Watch Factory

Raketa is only one of the brands produced by the Petrodvorets Watch Factory, albeit probably its most famous brand. Other Petrodvorets brands include Pobeda and Talberg among others. Before the Russian Revolution (1917), the factory also produced objects made of precious and semi-precious stones for the Tsar and his family. Later, it began to produce goods for military manufacturers as well as "jewels" for the watch industry. In 1949, the factory released the first wristwatches under the names Zvezda ("Звезда", star) and Pobeda ("Победа", victory). The factory's own watches, sold under the brand name Raketa, first appeared in 1961.

Raketa - Ambassadors and Swiss specialists

In 2009, the Petrodvorets Watch Factory employed three highly ranked Swiss watchmakers to help the factory adapt its production to modern standards. These watchmakers had previously worked for Rolex, Breguet and Hautlence. In 2011, the Petrodvorets Watch Factory announced that the super-model Natalia Vodianova offered to design a new watch model. Vodianova’s model is based on a vintage Raketa design from 1974. A portion of the sales of this “Raketa by Vodianova” will be contributed to Vodianova’s Naked Heart Foundation. In 2012, Jean-Claude Quenet, former director of Rolex's escapement department and of production at Franck Muller, joined the Russian factory. Also, in 2013 Prince Rostislav Rostislavovich Romanov became advisor to the creative department of the factory and a member of its board of directors. He created a special new design of watches commemorating the 400-year jubilee of the Romanov Dynasty. in 2014, a Swiss mechanical engineer, Florian Schlumpf, was appointed head of engineering and construction of monumental clocks.

Raketa (hydrofoil)

Raketa (Раке́та, Rocket) was the first type of hydrofoil boats commercially produced in the Soviet Union. They were manufactured from 1957 until the early 1970s. The chief designer was Rostislav Alexeyev and the project 340 vessels had been planned already in the late 1940s.

Raketa mena

Raketa mena is a 2007 documentary film.

Raketa (hydrofoil) - Lithuania

The Lithuanian remaining Raketa has been operated by the UAB "Nemuno linija" line from the Kaunas passenger dock to Nida until 2010. It had two Raketas named "Aistė" and "Lina" of which "Aistė" was renovated. Both "Aistė" and "Lina" were constructed in 1963.

Raketa mena - Synopsis

On the coast of Androy, the southernmost point of Madagascar, the weather conditions don’t allow the fishermen to go fishing very often. The dunes build up, day by day, over fertile land. But that’s not the worst. The population is missing the most important element, water. To calm their thirst and hunger, many villages eat "raketa mena", a cactus whose scientific name is Opuntia stricta. But this cactus is an invader that dries out the land. What is the solution?

Raketa (hydrofoil) - M/S Rosetta

M/S Rosetta is Raketa 314, which was bought from Tartu of Estonia in 1993. From 1995 to 2005 it was operated under the name M/S Suvijet ''. It was bought from Estonia and has been operated in Lake Päijänne for Royal Cruises since 2005 after the second renaming as M/S Rosetta. Raketa-314 was built in Feodocija in 1963. It may not prolong the chartered trips on Lake Päijänne after its sale. The home harbour of M/S Rosetta is in Lahti.

Amfibia - Amphibia Raketa

In the 1960s and 1970s the Raketa Amphibia was equipped with movement "Raketa 2609". In 2014, Raketa re-issued its Amphibian and equipped it with the new self-winding movement "Raketa 2615.

Amfibia - Amphibia Raketa

There have been a few designs of Raketa's Amphibian watches. The first versions were much larger than the Vostok Amphibia, featuring a 45 mm wide case. Subsequent designs had smaller cases (40mm). Raketa Amphibians were produced in small batches (according to some accounts, 15,000 pieces per year) and were characterized by several design flaws. The documentation provided with the watches claimed that the maximum allowed depth was 100 m.

Pop TV - 2000–2006

In 2004, POP TV introduced their first reality show. Sanjski moški (2004) was the Slovenian version of The Bachelor, and lasted for one season. In the same year, Naša mala klinika (2004-2007), a new Slovenian sitcom, was introduced and lasted for seven full seasons. The sitcom was watched on average by 300.000 people against 2 million people, which is the population of Slovenia. In the next year, two new reality shows were introduced: Sanjska ženska (2005-2006), a local version of The Bachelorette which lasted for two seasons, and a Slovenian version of reality show The Bar, called Bar (2005-2006), which lasted also for two seasons. A hidden-camera show called Oprostite, prosim!, Vzemi ali pusti (2005-2008), local version of Deal or No Deal and music show Raketa pod kozolcem (2005-2006), also premiered in 2005. POP TV also co-produced a new crime series named Balkan Inc. (2006), with Nova TV and TV Pink.

List of clocks - Russia

* Raketa Monumental the world's biggest mechanical clock movement, installed in the great atrium of the Detsky mir shop on Lubyanka Square in Moscow.

Androy - 20th Century

1924 - Introduction of a Cochineal insect Coccus cacti by Botanist H.Perrier de la Bâthie, in an attempt to ensure biological control of the invasive Opuntia dillenii cactus, called raketa gasy. Though cacti were beneficial - staple feed for human beings and cattle - it was getting difficult to save farmlands in order to grow crops.

RS-24 Yars

Yars does not appear to be a Russian word but the Slavic root яр (yar) is present, being a bank or steep ravine, consistent with the nomenclature of another newly fielded Russian missile, the RS-26 Rubezh (РС-26 Рубеж) meaning a boundary or outer limit. According to Sergey Karakaev, commander of the Strategic Missile Forces, Yars is an acronym for "Yadernaya Raketa Sderzhivaniya" (Ядерная ракета сдерживания), meaning "Nuclear Deterrence Rocket".

Dynamo Kazan Bandy Club

Dynamo-Kazan (Дина́мо-Каза́нь; formerly Raketa (Ракета) 1958–2008) is a professional bandy club from Kazan, Russia, established in 1958 and playing in the Russian Bandy League since 1996. The club plays at Raketa Stadium, an outdoor arena with artificial ice of 5,000 spectators' capacity in the outskirts of Kazan.