Celebrity chef Mario Batali and Ernst Benz partner in creation of exclusive collection

June 2007

Swiss watch manufacturer Ernst Benz has partnered with iconic chef and restaurateur Mario Batali to create a limited edition series of timepieces to benefit the Food Bank For New York City. The Mario Batali Limited Edition Ernst Benz Great Circle Automatic is an enhanced version of the original design, featuring accents in Batali’s standout signature orange colour. Mario Batali has personally collaborated with Leonid Khankin, Managing Director and Chief Creative Officer of the Ernst Benz brand, to design and produce the exclusive collection of timepieces. “My partnership with Ernst Benz is borne out of my love to celebrate life with simple things of the highest quality, this new watch created by my friend Leonid Khankin is exactly that. To bring art and public service together is a privilege I will never squander, the opportunity to help the Food Bank For New York City provide food for over a quarter million meals A DAY in NYC is a joyous part of my celebration,” says Batali. This special series of timepieces will be made available in three Great Circle sizes: 36mm, 40mm and 47mm, each size limited and numbered to 250. Batali and Khankin will personally launch the collection at an exclusive event at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.


About Ernst Benz
Functional and timeless, Ernst Benz has optimized legibility and precision, which has translated into a unique collection of technically exceptional timepieces recalling the aviator watches of the 1940’s, from which they are inspired. Designed and manufactured in Switzerland in the traditional Swiss manner, Ernst Benz watches are unrivaled in their durability, accuracy, and reliability.

As a second-generation watchmaker, Leonid Khankin is deeply passionate about his watches and ensures that all Ernst Benz timepieces are built to exacting criteria and without compromise, yielding the highest quality of precision timepieces that the brand is renowned for.

About Mario Batali
With eleven restaurants, five cookbooks and a host of television shows, including the ever-popular Iron Chef America, Mario Batali is arguably one of the most recognized and respected chefs working in America today. This, combined with his larger-than-life personality is the reason that he has received accolades like GQ Magazine’s Man of the Year and the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef.

An integral element of who Mario is and the brand he has created is giving back to the community and those in need. Since 2003, Mario has been a vital part of the Food Bank, serving on its board and participating in numerous hunger awareness campaigns. On April 23, 2007, Batali co-chaired the Food Bank for New York City’s 2007 Can-Do Awards Dinner, with all proceeds from the night going to the charity. Honorees included The Edge and Jimmy Fallon with President Bill Clinton as Honorary Dinner Chair and Stanley Tucci as Master of Ceremonies.

Mario Batali

About Food Bank For New York City
One in every four New Yorkers is at risk of hunger. Food Bank For New York City is the city’s only food bank and the major supplier of food to more than 1,000 emergency and community food programs throughout the five boroughs. The Food Bank helps provide the food for approximately 250,000 free meals served each day to the women and children, the elderly, people with disabilities and the working poor who turn to the Food Bank for emergency and community food programs for help. The mission of the Food Bank For New York City is to end hunger by organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity.

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