Baume & Mercier Introduces a Pair of Capeland “Shelby Cobra” Chronographs

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Baume & Mercier teamed up with the Carroll Shelby Company (yea, THE Shelby car company) to present these two limited edition Capeland timepieces inspired by the legendary Cobra 427 car.  The Baume & Mercier design team did a nice job with the watches, with details like a pair of white racing stripes on the blue dial and a seconds hand with the Cobra logo.  The line consists of two pieces: a 3-register chronograph in stainless steel and a 2-register flyback chronograph in 18-karat rose gold.

Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby 427 Cobra Chronographs

Limited edition 1,965 pieces red gold ($19,950)

Limited edition 1,965 pieces steel ($4,450)

44mm case, automatic mechanical caliber (La Joux Perret 8120 / Dubois-Depraz flyback), “Carroll Shelby” signature caseback

Baume Mercier Capeland Shelby 427 Limited Editions - Perpetuelle

Baume Mercier Capeland Shelby 427 Limited Edition caseback - Perpetuelle

50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra 427 (pic:

50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra 427

Baume & Mercier Director of Design Alexandre Peraldi points out some more of the “Cobra-inspred” specifics for us:

Baume & Mercier is proud to pay tribute to the 427 Cobra in every detail of our Capeland Shelby Cobra chronographs. Their generous case is designed to mirror the flared style of the Cobra’s own aerodynamic body lines, while blue dials and transparent white stripes take their cue from the Cobra’s famous racing livery, every accent chosen to express an elegant power. It is the ultimate expression of performance, born from the DNA of Shelby’s most revered creation.

The watches come in special packaging with an exclusive miniature of the 427 Cobra.  Limited to 1,965 pieces each.

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Baume & Mercier Clifton Big Date and Power Reserve

SIHH 2015 preview…

Baume & Mercier Clifton Big Date and Power Reserve beauty shot

Baume & Mercier introduced its Clifton collection in 2013, a launch which I was the first to report on in Nov 2012, for what it’s worth.  The collection was decidedly well received, and Baume & Mercier has since added both a complete calendar, a chronograph, and a retrograde date to the lineup.  In 2015, the Clifton collection will see the addition of an automatic big date + power reserve model, in 43mm case.  This piece will be fitted on a brown alligator strap with triple-folding buckle. Price expected to be announced at SIHH 2015.  A solid addition to the growing Clifton collection, which offers great design and Swiss mechanics at a reasonable price point compared to other brands in the Richemont portfolio.

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Baume & Mercier Clifton 8-Day Power Reserve

Baume & Mercier Clifton 8-Day Power Reserve 185 anniversary watch

We have here a nice new piece in Baume & Mercier’s Clifton collection, featuring a manual wind caliber with 8-day power reserve produced by IWC (essentially to the calibre 59210 in IWC’s Portofino 8-Day watch), in gold case.  This is a 185-piece limited edition in celebration of 185 years since the founding of the brand (that’s 10 more years than Patek Philippe, for what it’s worth).

Overall, Baume & Mercier really has a winner going with its new Clifton line which debuted last year (my Perpetuelle was the first to report on  the new line, in Nov 2012, before its official launch in 2013).  The design on these watches and the dials in particular really resonate with me.   Even if the 45mm case size is a bit large for my preferences and tastes in general these days.

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2014 Baume & Mercier Watch Collection

Perpetuelle presents the highlights of Baume & Mercier’s 2014 collection as presented at SIHH 2014.  In addition to watches featured here, Baume & Mercier also introduced a two-tone Clifton (w/ small seconds and date) and a 30mm Clifton, in several variations.

Click any image or heading below for our full report with images and details.

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