Watch of The Week: Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963 Chronograph

Courtesy Baume et Mercier

An exceptional timepiece that pays tribute to American legends, racing history, and the spirit of competition.

In honor of Flag Day this week (and in anticipation of Father’s Day this weekend) it’s the perfect time of the year to tout a watch that bears the name of an iconic chequered flag taker himself, American automotive designer Carroll Shelby.

 Created in partnership with Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc., the Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963 Chronograph is the second edition in a collection of timepieces, first launched in April 2015, designed to celebrate the legendary figures who designed and built the Shelby Cobra.

This chronograph in particular, which made its debut at SIHH in Geneva in January, honors the Shelby Cobra 289 Sebring CSX2128, one of the more legendary Cobras in history, which made its mark on the racing world stage in the 12 Hours of Sebring competition in 1963. 

Crafted in steel—and powered by the Swiss-made self-winding Valjoux 7753 caliber that offers chronograph functions, tachymeter (to track distance), and 48 hours of power reserve—the watch embraces the look and feel of the historic muscle car with a black dial featuring racing yellow accents, a black leather strap with yellow interior, a second hand in the shape of the Cobra logo, and the car’s number, 15, printed on the timpiece’s back, against a glass display. Plus, the watch comes packaged in a black-and-yellow box with a miniature model of the Cobra 289 Sebring CSX2128. Only 1963 limited-edition pieces were made. Price: $4,450; baume-et-mercier.com.

For more luxury men's watches with automotive ties, see our reviews for the Zenith El Primero Range Rover Special Edition and the Drive de Cartier.