50 years ago, automotive legend Carroll Shelby achieved a victory finishing first in 11 out of 20 races to be crowned 1965 FIA GT champions, beating the best-known and most-established car manufacturers in the racing world. Today, together with the Carroll Shelby Company, Baume & Mercier proudly honors Carroll’s legend with limited edition Capeland timepieces that capture his most enduring triumph.
This watch will be auctioned by Antiquorum in New York City on December 15, 2015, with all proceeds going to the Carroll Shelby Foundation.
Inspired by the vintage 1948 mono-push-piece chronograph in the Baume & Mercier museum, this Capeland Shelby Cobra is distinguished by an off-white dial with sky blue stripes picking up those on racing cars, blue accents on the dial and hands, a 44 mm polished/satin-finished 18K red gold case, a finely grained black calfskin strap with round-scale blue alligator lining and gray stitching, and an 18K red gold pin buckle. On the reverse, a sapphire crystal is framed by an 18K gold case back, with an engraving of the collection title and personal signature of Carroll Shelby.
The heart of the Capeland Shelby Cobra collection is a chronograph powered by a Swiss-made self-winding movement.
All watches in the Capeland Shelby Cobra collection arrive in special packaging with an exclusive miniature of the 427 Cobra, in addition to a custom brochure and card. Owners of the18K red gold flyback chronograph will also receive a book detailing the full history of the Cobra.