Baume & Mercier has come together with motorsports legend Shelby Cobra to create an exclusive timepiece celebrating Shelby’s 50th Anniversary of the FIA World Championship win. The Capeland Shelby Cobra collection comes in two types, the first being the steel chronograph and the other being the 18k red gold model.
This timepiece is also in dedication to Carrol Shelby since he was the first individual to win as a driver, team manager and as a manufacturer. In essence this watch is designed to capture both the spirit and grace of a Cobra and it shows with a case that is available in stain-less steel or 18k red gold. They have also incorporated the Cobra’s famous livery, combining its famous Guardsman Blue racing color with transparent dual racing stripes.
At its center is the iconic Cobra logo, which is forged into the seconds hand to give you that feeling of constant motion, while both hours and minutes hands are created out of sleek steel giving you that subtle impression of a steering wheel. Bringing all of this together is a sapphire crystal case back, engraved with the collection title and Carroll Shelby’s own signature. The straps are also elegant, created in black alligator finish with red calfskin rubber-like lining, grey stitching and other features.
This watch is a unique mixture of racing motifs, quality and the precision bringing together Shelby’s reputation for exceptional performance to that of Baume & Mercier into a unique union. The quality of the product is impressive ensuring it’s made with the highest standard. Since it is a limited edition collection the steel chronograph is limited to a quantity of 1,965 pieces, while the 18k red gold model is limited to just 98 pieces in tribute to Carroll Shelby’s own racing number.