CLIFTON CLUB COBRA
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.