You may recall that earlier this year we brought you some exciting news about Baume & Mercier and its breathtaking collection of Capeland Shelby Cobra watches — created in honor of the legendary Carroll Shelby and the legacy he and his team built. You can read many of the details about that product launch here. I really urge you to go to that article and read about that line in a last hope of owning one (it is almost entirely sold out — much to my chagrin, as it was on my must-try-to-buy list).
But, fear not. If you can’t get your hands on one of those limited edition pieces — you have a new chance to own a one-of-a-kind rendition. On December 15, 2015, in New York, Antiquorum will be auctioning off a specially made piece, with all proceeds of the auction going to the Carroll Shelby Foundation.
The piece not only celebrates Baume & Mercier‘s partnership with Carroll Shelby International, Inc. (and the two limited edition watch the brand made for the launch), but also underscores both brands’ commitment to high-quality, precision, perfection and people.
The one-of-a-kind Capeland Shelby(R) Cobra Flyback Chronograph is created in 18-karat 5N rose gold and, like the chronographs released in the launch collection, has a design inspired by the Shelby Cobra racer. Clean lines, sleek appeal and graphic color and design coordination distinguish the timepiece. It features an off-white dial with a sky blue stripe in the center to emulate the racecar stripes.
The 44mm watch also sports blue hands and dial accents, and is finished with a black calfskin strap with round-scale blue alligator lining.The watch casebook is engraved to commemorate the anniversary of year of the big win of Cobra against Ferrari: “Shelby Cobra 1965-2015.” Additionally, the sapphire crystal bears Shelby’s signature. Identifying itself as a brand dedicated to performance — like Shelby Cobra — Baume & Mercier has equipped the flyback chronograph with a Swiss-made mechanical self-winding movement from La Joux-Perret.
The proceeds from the sale of the watch, as previously mentioned, will go to the Carroll Shelby Foundation, an organization that raises funds to help families affected by heart diseases. Carroll Shelby, an avid racecar driver, was forced to quit driving due to a weak heart. He never gave up on his passion, however, and turned to building race cars as the alternative. His legacy, the Shelby Cobra, forever changed American muscle car history when it won against the Ferrari in 1965.
Those interested in the watch may also be interested to learn that the highest bidder in the auction will also receive an exclusive VIP package experience ($10,000 value) that includes a visit to the Shelby World Headquarters in Las Vegas (not to be missed), an original illustration of the Cobra signed by the Cobra driving legends, a Cobra driving experience, two custom-made racing suits, a VIP factory tour, a personal item of Carroll Shelby and a photo opportunity aboard an historical Cobra CXS2000. To register for the auction bidding either on line, on the phone or in person, visit Antiquorum.com. Don’t let this chance to own a piece of Carroll Shelby zoom past you.