This past March, Baume & Mercier announced a partnership with Carroll Shelby International Inc. to create two exclusive, limited edition watches born from the DNA of Shelby’s most revered creations. Following the success of this launch, Baume & Mercier announces a second installment in its collaboration: A one-of-a-kind Capeland Shelby Cobra timepiece that will be auctioned at Antiquorum in New York City on December 9, 2015, with all proceeds going to the Carroll Shelby Foundation. Bids may be placed online, over the phone or in person.
Baume & Mercier will produce only one example of this significant collector’s piece. The highest bidder in the auction will also receive an exclusive VIP package experience, valued at $15,000. It includes travel for two to the Shelby World Headquarters in Las Vegas, 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.
Proceeds from the auction will go to the Carroll Shelby Foundation, an organization that raises funds to help families and children affected by heart diseases. It provides schooling and education for underprivileged young people in the US.
This one-off chronograph is distinguished by the extreme subtlety of its Haute Horlogerie finishes: an off-white dial with sky blue stripes picking up those on racing cars, blue accents on the dial and hands, a 44mm polished/satin-finished 18kt red gold case, a finely grained black calfskin strap with round-scale blue alligator lining and gray stitching, and an 18kt red gold pin buckle. The inscription “Shelby Cobra 1965-2015, Unique Piece” is engraved on the case back, framing a sapphire crystal bearing Carroll Shelby’s signature. In keeping with tradition and with the high-precision reputation of Baume & Mercier watches, this flyback chronograph is driven by a Swiss-made mechanical self-winding movement from the Manufacture La Joux-Perret. The exclusive presentation box will also house an additional black leather alligator strap with round-scale blue alligator lining and gray stitching.