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In 1965 ‒ the same year Sin­ga­pore be­came an in­de­pen­dent na­tion ‒ a small au­to­mo­bile com­pany, Shelby pre­sented it­self as a com­peti­tor at the FIA In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­onship for GT Man­u­fac­tur­ers and blew the com­pe­ti­tion away with a hand­ful of cars. There’s a cer­tain amount of nos­tal­gia and pride at the Shelby Co­bra’s per­for­mance that year and its sub­se­quent pop­u­lar­ity in culture as well as on Amer­i­can roads. To­day, how­ever, Amer­i­can mus­cle cars have all but dis­ap­peared.

To com­mem­o­rate the 50th an­niver­sary of the Shelby’s suc­cess, Baume & Mercier part­nered the com­pany to cre­ate a lim­ited edi­tion piece with much vaunted suc­cess. Now it has de­cided to con­tinue in the col­lab­o­ra­tion with a se­cond edi­tion, avail­able in two ver­sions and in­spired by a 1963 car model. The new Capeland Shelby Co­bra is based on the sporty Baume & Mercier line, which it­self stems from the same era as the au­to­mo­bile firm. A sportier edi­tion comes in an ADLC-coated stain­less steel case, with the case mid­dle coated in the hardy, di­a­mond-like ma­te­rial to pro­tect it from dam­age. The tachymeter-equipped watch bears a three-counter chrono­graph with a small sec­onds hand at nine o’clock and to­talis­ers at three and six re­spec­tively. A small date counter is fit­ted in be­tween four and five o’clock.

In­stead of com­pletely re-de­sign­ing the Capeland’s mem­o­rable dial, Baume & Mercier have in­te­grated lit­tle de­tails into the two watches that make them rem­i­nis­cent of the Shelby. The 30-minute to­taliser has a green speedome­ter-like dis­play printed on the dial, and text in­di­cat­ing the min­utes and hour sub­coun­ters are in the Shelby’s font. Am­ple use of yel­low and black as well as the shape of the hands, all point to the part­ner­ship. The most ev­i­dent is the coun­ter­weight on the sec­onds hand, with a co­bra logo.

The Capeland Shelby Co­bra 1963 Com­pe­ti­tion comes in a rub­ber strap, while the more clas­sic Capeland Shelby Co­bra 1963 has a full steel case and al­li­ga­tor strap in black with a yel­low back as well as yel­low stitch­ing. Def­i­nitely stylish and echo­ing Mad Men cool.

A great bet and buy, how­ever would be the Clifton Chrono­graph Com­plete Cal­en­dar, a pow­er­ful in­stru­ment that con­tains plenty of in­for­ma­tion in a very leg­i­ble man­ner. A stan­dard three counter chrono­graph with a day and month aper­ture dis­play is com­bined with a date hand on the main dial, while a moon­phase and 24-hour in­di­ca­tor will re­veal if it’s day or night. Two-tone and steel editions are avail­able, with bracelet or straps to match.

Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby® Co­bra 1963

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