Bucherer launched yesterday the 16th model in its Bucherer Blue Editions line: the Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Shelby® Cobra Bucherer Blue Editions. The timepiece, a tribute to the legendary Shelby Cobra Daytona coupé racing car, is limited to 100 watches and will be on sale exclusively at all Bucherer boutiques.
A long history ties Baume & Mercier and Bucherer, both companies with strong traditions. Since the 1920s, they have cultivated an excellent relationship and share common values, such as a love of watches, watchmaking and stylish design. The latest addition to the Bucherer Blue Editions fills the two companies with pride. “The result of a relationship based on so much mutual affinity is an elegant sport watch that reflects the universe of both brands and will certainly appeal to customers who like an exclusive watch with a historical background”, explains Alain Zimmermann, CEO of Baume & Mercier. The partnership between Baume & Mercier and sports car manufacturer Shelby has inspired a watch designed to serve as a reminder of the legendary American Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé. “Mechanical watches and vintage sports cars fascinate people with their combination of aesthetic design, sophisticated technology and tradition. They are an expression of an individual lifestyle”, says Patrick Graf, Director of Watches with Bucherer.
The final result? In concept, a more, inherently secure chronometric functionality and greater long-term accuracy. Granted, we’ll have to withhold judgement until we’ve examined one in the real world. However, for now, it is interesting to watch as more and more brands go away from Nivarox (and by extension, the Swatch Group), rather choosing to create proprietary technologies as a way to compete. Despite being the oldest adage in the novel, it’s also the most intriguing saying to watch firsthand — innovate or perish, right?n accession to the special hairspring, the 18-jeweled, hand-cranked BM12-1975M motion itself hums along in a recognizable 4Hz over the span of its generous power reserve of around 90 hours. Nicely finished with heavy Geneva stripes, blued screws, and circular graining all visible under the exhibition caseback, the movement itself can be adjusted in five positions for accuracy.The 18k red gold case of this Baume & Mercier Clifton Manual 1830 watch is 42mm broad and 8.9mm thin, with a water-resistance evaluation of 50m, and it includes a black aligator strap. The mention M0A10359 Baume & Mercier Clifton Manual 1830 is available now, even though it’s being made in very small quantities, apparently just sold in Europe, and is retailing for a cost of $12,045. As part of the continuing partnership with Shelby Cobra and in celebration of the 25th anniversary of McCall’s Annual Motorworks Revival, Baume & Mercier are releasing four limited edition “Legendary Driver” chronograph watches to honor four drivers that sat behind the wheel of this furiously powered Shelby Cobra CSX1228 over fifty five decades back. An extension of the Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra watches we covered here, these bits are designed with specific drivers’ heritages in your mind and deliver all of the super-charged aesthetics which we have seen so far from this team-up. Let’s take a little time to determine what’s different this time around.
Clifton Club Shelby® Cobra Bucherer Blue Editions © Bucherer
Baume & Mercier’s designers were particularly impressed by the aesthetics and unmatched power of the racing car built during the 1960s. The spokes in the wheels were the inspiration for the rotor inside the movement. Made of titanium, it leans on the car’s lightweight aluminium construction. Design elements, such as the racing car’s typical stripes and Cobra logo, are cleverly integrated into the subdials and second hand. The main dial in blue harmonizes perfectly with the black, carbon-look calfskin strap. It has a blue seam and a blue lining, giving the watch additional character.
The special edition is limited to 100 pieces and watch lovers who secure one of the watches will belong to an exclusive circle. The Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Shelby® Cobra Bucherer Blue Editions will be on sale only at all Bucherer boutiques.