The Baume et Mercier Clifton Club Shelby Cobra Limited Edition Watch Review
Thursday - 26 January 2017
Baume et Mercier unleash a dynamic, fierce contender into the fold. With a dial of two halves, the Limited Edition brings a powerful, distinctive element that demands attention at first glance; a rare piece that will no doubt become a treasured collectible amongst the watch enthusiasts. The Baume et Mercier Clifton Club Shelby Cobra Limited Edition is a masterpiece that captures the spirit of an icon.
Inspired by the legendary Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, the unique sun satin-finished dial is divided to echo the half blue/half silver Daytona tail. Designed by Peter Brock himself - one of the greatest automative designers of our lifetime and the man responsible for the stunning design of the iconic racing car - the bi-colour dial brings the spirit of the sport to the watch platform. The hint of red adds to the speed intensity especially the 196mph marking found just below 3 o’clock on the tachymeter - a tribute to the speed record achieved by the iconic automobile at Le Mans in 1964. A figure honoured by the amount of timepieces manufactured by Baume et Mercier.
The Cobra logo is cleverly moulded to the tip of the bright red seconds hand cementing the influence further and to mark the Shelby brand. To control the chronograph functions replicas of the foot pedals are positioned either side of the crown. The lightweight, highly resistant stainless steel and titanium case features the Cobra insignia on the opposite side to again dedicate the exclusive watch to the racing brand.
The case back design emulates the Daytona Couple’s iconic wheel with cut out sections to showcase the beautiful Swiss-made manufacture self-winding movement with flyback chronograph function. The breathtaking design is finished with a vivid blue “automative carbon-like” calfskin strap with black rubberised soft-touch calfskin lining and red stitching.
The Baume et Mercier Clifton Club Shelby Cobra captures the true essence of the car that transformed the way that American cars were viewed through hope, dreams and sheer hard work. A vision brought to life that continued to dominate the championships year after year; a victorious achievement that proudly won the world championship and became recognised globally as an exceptional design through performance and precision.
An iconic model that allows for style and engineering to work in perfect harmony; a philosophy that Baume et Mercier follow closely producing instruments that ensure the design enhances the execution and quality via passion, confidence and a strong belief.