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BAUME & MERCIER’S CAPELAND CO­BRA, IN TRIB­UTE TO DRIVER AND DESIGNER CAR­ROLL SHELBY, IS A LIT­TLE RAC­ING CAR ON YOUR WRIST

The Australian - Wish Magazine - - Timepieces -

It’s no se­cret that men and pre­cise ma­chin­ery go to­gether like a horse and car­riage. Or bet­ter still lots of horse­power and a vin­tage car. The fact is, males never re­ally out­grow our love of toys, our tastes just get more so­phis­ti­cated. As boys, we lusted over the per­fect Lego set or billy cart. As men, our ap­pre­ci­a­tion may be as much for the smooth sweep­ing sec­ond hand of a me­chan­i­cal watch or the purr of a well-tuned en­gine.

Baume & Mercier have clev­erly cov­ered both bases with a new part­ner­ship forged be­tween their popular Capeland watch and the leg­endary Shelby Co­bra. The two-seater sports road­ster is the brain­child of Car­roll Shelby, a Texan racer, whose great­est claim to fame was earned not on the track but at the drawing board.

Shelby cre­ated one of the en­dur­ing icons of Amer­i­can au­to­mo­tive his­tory with the co­bra logo and thick rac­ing stripes bi­sect­ing the car. The mar­riage of an ag­ile English chas­sis and a big Ford V8 was a phe­nom­e­nally suc­cess­ful one. The Shelby Co­bra, with its com­bi­na­tion of sleek lines, brutish heart and sporty stripes on a guards­man­blue body, has ce­mented its place in au­to­mo­tive and popular cul­ture. Gen­uine Co­bras are rarely sold, and when they are they fetch as­tro­nom­i­cal prices, en­sur­ing they re­main out of the reach of mere mor­tals.

Baume & Mercier are cel­e­brat­ing Shelby’s life and achieve­ments with a Co­bra-in­spired reimag­in­ing of their flag­ship Capeland chrono­graph. The big 44mm watch has been given an au­to­mo­tive de­tail­ing, the chrono­graph sub­di­als are mod­elled af­ter fuel gauges, and the shape of the hands takes its in­spi­ra­tion from the Co­bra’s steer­ing wheel. The sec­onds hand is coun­ter­weighted by the Shelby Co­bra in­signia.

All this is set against a blue sun­ray fin­ished dial split down the mid­dle by a sub­tle matte rac­ing stripe. $5690

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