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“FANGO E GLORIA”

“FANGO E GLORIA”

SPECIAL COLLABORATIONS

FOR OVER A CENTURY EBERHARD & CO. WATCHES HAVE BEEN EMBLEMATIC OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, ACCOMPANYING US THROUGH OUR MOST SIGNIFICANT EVENTS AS WELL AS OUR DAILY LIVES. IT WAS FOR THIS REASON THAT ONE OF THE SWISS MAISON’S WATCHES WAS CHOSEN TO REPRESENT THE HISTORICAL PERIOD OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR AND USED IN LEONARDO TIBERI’S FILM “FANGO E GLORIA”.

SHOOTING FOR THE FILM BEGAN AT THE END OF MAY AND IT IS A MOVIE ABOUT THE PLACES, STORIES AND FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCES OF THE WORLD WAR ONE ITALIAN FRONT ON ITS ONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY.

PRODUCED JOINTLY BY MAURIZIO TEDESCO FOR BAIRES PRODUZIONI AND ISTITUTO LUCE-CINECITTÀ, WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE VENETO REGION AND THE SPONSORSHIP OF GRUPPO FERROVIE DELLO STATO ITALIANE, FONDAZIONE FS AND EBERHARD & CO., THE FILM WAS OFFICIALLY SPONSORED BY THE ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE AND THE DEFENCE MINISTRY AND RECEIVED THE HIGH PATRONAGE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE ITALIAN REPUBLIC. THE FRENCH TF1 CHANNEL HISTOIRE HAS ALREADY PURCHASED DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS. THE FILM WILL BE SHOT IN RIVOLI VERONESE, AT THE FOOT OF MONTE BALDO, VERONA, VILLAFRANCA AND SIENA. THE MAIN CHARACTERS ARE PLAYED BY EUGENIO FRANCESCHINI, VALENTINA CORTI AND DOMENICO FORTUNATO.

A VALUABLE EBERHARD PERIOD WATCH WILL BE GIVEN TO THE FILM’S MAIN CHARACTER, EUGENIO FRANCESCHINI – WHO IS PLAYING AN ITALIAN ARMY OFFICER – BY HIS FIANCÉE (ACTRESS VALENTINA CORTI) IN THE FILM AND ON HIS WRIST THE WATCH WILL BEAR WITNESS TO ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS IN THE 20TH CENTURY.

“WE WERE VERY PLEASED THAT THE PRODUCERS CHOSE A EBERHARD WATCH TO REPRESENT THE ERA”, SAYS MARIO PESERICO, GENERAL MANAGER OF EBERHARD & CO. “FOUNDED IN 1887 AND ONE OF THE FEW THAT IS STILL INDEPENDENT, OURS WAS ONE OF THE FIRST COMPANIES TO PRODUCE WRIST CHRONOGRAPHS. AT THAT TIME OWNING A WATCH WAS A LUXURY ONLY A FEW COULD AFFORD AND GIVING ONE OF THEM WAS A SIGN OF LOVE AND THE START OF AN IMPORTANT BOND BETWEEN THE PERSON GIVING THE WATCH AND THE PERSON RECEIVING IT. IN 127 YEARS OF HISTORY OUR COMPANY HAS ALWAYS PUT A HIGH VALUE ON TRADITION AND DEDICATED PASSION, RESEARCH AND ATTENTION TO EACH AND EVERY DETAIL IN WATCH PRODUCTION, COMBINING CONSTANT INNOVATION WITH TECHNICAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT”.

THE WATCH USED IN “FANGO E GLORIA”, ONE OF THE FIRST WRIST CHRONOGRAPHS PRODUCED BY EBERHARD & CO., WAS SELECTED FROM THE MAISON’S COLLECTION OF TIMEPIECES IN ITS HISTORICAL MUSEUM. IT IS A MECHANICAL CHRONOGRAPH WITH MANUAL WINDING, A HINGED CASE BACK AND BEZEL, BICOMPAX CHRONOGRAPH MOVEMENT WITH SINGLE-BUTTON CONTROL, ENAMEL DIAL AND TACHOMETRIC SCALE.

THE FILM INCLUDES A STRIKING, EXPERIMENTAL MIX OF NEWLY SHOT SCENES AND HISTORICAL FOOTAGE FROM THE ITALIAN HISTORICAL ARCHIVE ARCHIVIO STORICO LUCE, IN A YEAR IN WHICH IS NOT ONLY THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR BUT ALSO THE ARCHIVE’S 90TH BIRTHDAY. THE FIRST IMAGES IN THE ARCHIVE CAUGHT THE INTEREST AND THE CURIOSITY OF THE PUBLIC AT THE TURIN BOOK EXPO. A SPECIAL, DETAILED FRAME PROCEDURE WAS USED TO ADD COLOUR AND SOUND, A COMPREHENSIVE TECHNICAL HISTORICAL FILM UNDERTAKING NEVER SEEN BEFORE IN ITALY. THIS MODERNIZATION PROCEDURE HAS RESTORED THE FACES, LANDSCAPES, ACTIONS AND ATMOSPHERES OF THE WAR TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME. AND IT IS NOT SIMPLY A TECHNICAL RESEARCH PROCESS BUT ALSO A DRAMATIC ONE BRINGING THE STORY TO LIFE FOR ITS PUBLIC IN THE MOST REALISTIC WAY POSSIBLE.

“FANGO E GLORIA” WILL BE RELEASED BY LUCE-CINECITTÀ NEXT AUTUMN.