Honoring one of the most iconic cars in racing history, Baume & Mercier has unveiled the second edition of the Capeland Shelby® Cobra watch. This new timepiece draws its inspiration from a very specific Cobra racer, CSX2128.
This is the 289 Cobra roadster built to compete at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1963 and wore the number 15. With its distinctive black and yellow paint scheme, CSX2128 was driven at Sebring that year by racing legends Dan Gurney and Phil Hill.
Inspired by the Cobra’s performance, the Swiss-made self-winding movement combines quality and flawless accuracy with the highest standards. The case back is engraved with the name of the collection, as well as the words “one out of 1963” in reference to the number of limited-edition pieces and the year which saw the Cobra’s first victory at the American championship. As a final tribute, the sapphire crystal features the CSX2128’s famous number 15 race number. All these elements combine to make the new Capeland Shelby Cobra a unique watch.
The watch face is modeled after the Cobra’s instrument panel, with asymmetrical chronograph counters. The deep black dial and the transparent twin horizontal racing stripes mimic the paint scheme of that Cobra, as do hands that evoke the Cobra’s steering wheel.
Completing the design is the Cobra logo itself, forged into the second hand of the chronograph. Finally, the tachymeter function – highly useful in determining speeds during a race – circles the distinctive watch face. This Capeland Cobra also features green light emission Superluminova along with anti-glare technology on the dial to ensure easy readability, night or day.
The second edition Capeland Cobra chronograph is available with a black alligator strap with a rubberized yellow lining or with a black vulcanized rubber strap, both fastened by a triple folding buckle with safety catches. This second strap is made from the same material as the tires of the race car.