CLIFTON CLUB CO­BRA

Esquire Malaysia Watch Guide - - Brand Story -

This year, the third watch from Baume & Mercier’s part­ner­ship with Co­bra nes­tles it­self in an en­tirely new col­lec­tion: Clifton Club. While the first two Co­bra watches fell un­der their Capeland fam­ily of watches, the third is parked within the Clifton, which in­ter­est­ingly enough was a de­ci­sion made by both Peraldi and Peter Brock, de­signer of the Shelby Co­bra Day­tona Coupé. As you might have guessed, the watch is based on this unique car, of which, only six were ever made.

The Clifton Club Co­bra was de­signed as a di­a­logue be­tween the two de­sign­ers. Peraldi says he had reser­va­tions about work­ing with an­other de­signer at first, but within five min­utes of meet­ing Brock, he re­alised they were like “two chil­dren who shared the same pas­sion for de­sign”. The fan­tas­tic blue and white dial was in­spired by the livery of the Shelby Co­bra Day­tona as viewed from the back. The watch is still a chrono­graph, with the very cool co­bra in­signia on the sec­onds hand, but it is pre­sented in an en­tirely new Clifton case de­sign.

The bot­tom half of the watch is fash­ioned af­ter the car’s wheels: a matte black ring sur­rounds the sapphire case­back, giv­ing the wearer a clear look at the ro­tor that re­sem­bles rims. Be­neath that lies the man­u­fac­ture move­ment La Joux-Per­ret 8147-2.

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