Baume & Mercier continues to create wonders with the Shelby Cobra collection. This year’s favorite is the Clifton Club Shelby Cobra model limited to 196 pieces only.
Baume & Mercier and Carroll Shelby Company signed a joint project for the first time in 2015. Adding a new Shelby Cobra model to the collection every year, Baume & Mercier presented this year’s model, inspired by the legendary Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe racing car.
The model’s design work was carried out by Peter Brock, the automobile designer and race pilot, and Alexandre Peraldi, Baume & Mercier design director.
The model’s case combines stainless steel and matte titanium. The Clifton Club Shelby Cobra, which is offered in a 44mm case, has a water resistance value of 50 meters. There are sapphire crystals on the front and back of the watch.
The design of the chronograph pushers is also inspired by the racing car pedals.
The brand has done similar work in the previous B&M Shelby Cobra models, and this time they have referred to the Daytona Coupe, which is highlighted by dividing the dial in half.
The figure of 196 MPH, which is on the red second hand and the tachometric scale, is remarkable as it is judged to be the judge of blue and white color. The dial, which was finished in blue and white colors, attracts attention with the red second hand and 196 MPH inscription.
The figure 196, which also refers to the total production number of watches, has a prominence. At the 1964 Le Mans race, Daytona CSX2299 drivers Bondurant and Gurney broke the world record with a speed of 196 mph (315 km/h).
The model is powered by the La Joux-Perret manufactured Caliber Ref.8147-2. The movement beats at 28800vph and features a flyback chronograph complication. The oscillating rotor of the movement is also inspired by the car's wheels.
Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Shelby Cobra comes with a blue carbon-patterned leather cord with red stitches.