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Photo Report: Baume & Mercier Shelby Cobra II

Jason Pitsch

To promote the launch of the Shelby Cobra II limited editions, Baume & Mercier hosted an exclusive dinner party last week at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan. At the event, one of Shelby American’s original employees and team driver on the 1965 World Championship team, Allen Grant, who was a lifelong friend of Carroll Shelby, spoke with guests throughout the night. Two authentic Shelby Cobras were on display, alongside the two new Cobra II limited editions. The Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963, comes with a leather strap, and the Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963 Competition comes with a rubber strap and has ADLC treated black case flanks. You can read more about the watches HERE.

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Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963 Editions

As a follow up to the Capeland Shelby Cobra timepiece that was introduced last year, Baume & Mercier launched two new variations at SIHH this past January. The new Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963 Editions are available in a choice of two different cases – each measuring 44 mm x 14.65 mm – crafted in either stainless steel with a steel bezel, or in ADLC treated stainless steel with a steel bezel. The latter is referred to as the “Competition.” Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963 Competition Visible through a sapphire caseback is a the Valjoux 7753 caliber with circular-grained bridges and mainplate and snailed black PVD oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève” decoration. The 25 jewel automatic movement oscillates at 4Hz and has a 48-hour power reserve. A sunburst satin-finish black dial with two horizontal stripes Arabic numerals is punctuated by rhodium-plated

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SIHH Preview: Clifton Chronograph Complete Calendar

Richemont’s most accessible watch brand, Baume & Mercier, just released a preview of one of their new timepieces that will be released at SIHH 2016 next month. The Clifton Chronograph Complete Calendar, as its name suggests has a “Complete” or “Full” calendar. Similar to an Annual calendar, a Complete calendar displays the day, date, and month. And in this case, the moon phase as well. However, unlike an Annual calendar that only needs to be manually adjusted in February to account for the short number of days, and once every four years to account for leap year – a Complete calendar needs to be adjusted any month there are less than 31 days. Baume & Mercier’s new complete calendar will come in a stainless steel case that measures 43 mm x 12 mm and has an alternating polished and satin

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Introducing the Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra

Baume & Mercier recently announced two limited edition chronographs to commemorate their new partnership with legendary racecar manufacturer, Shelby American, Inc. “Baume & Mercier teamed up with the iconic brand to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of winning the FIA International Championship in 1965,” according to the watchmaker. The Capeland Cobra collection consists of a steel and red gold chronograph, the latter being a numbered limited edition. Each version is presented in a 44 mm diameter case that is polished and satin-finished. The dial of the Capeland Cobra features chronograph counters inspired by the Cobra’s iconic dashboard and is finished in Shelby’s Guardsman Blue racing color with Superluminova blue emission. Completing the face are Shelby double racing stripes as a subtle accent, and special hours and minutes hands designed in the shape the Cobra steering wheel, with the infamous Cobra logo

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Baume & Mercier Celebrates 185 years with Limited Edition Clifton

To celebrate their 185th anniversary, Baume & Mercier has created a special 185-piece limited edition model with an 8-Day power reserve. The Clifton 8-Day Power Reserve features a 45.5 mm diameter polished and satin-finished 18K red gold case. The domed, opaline siver-colored dial (with matching domed sapphire crystal) has riveted red gold numerals and indexes, with matching lance-shaped hour and minute hands. The minute scale is printed on the outer chapter ring with black graduations and blue numerals for each five minute division. At 6 o’clock is the small seconds subdial with a circular guilloche finish, black printed 5-second indices and a red gold continuously sweeping hand. A highlight of this new Clifton models is a single barrel mainspring that boasts a 192-hour maximum power reserve. On the dial, a blue hand at 9 o’clock indicates how many days are

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Pre-SIHH 2015: Baume & Mercier Hampton Automatic

Baume & Mercier will unveil two new Hampton automatic timepieces in stainless steel at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie later this month. The first new Hampton model (Ref. 10155) has a white dial with blued Sword-shaped hour, minute and central second hands and bright silver applied Arabic numerals. The second model (Ref. 10156) has a white dial with gold-plated applied Arabic numerals and matching hands. The Hampton is presented in a 10 mm thick case with recessed sides that highlight the convex sapphire crystal. The rectangle-shaped case measures 31 mm x 47 mm and features a flat crown that controls the hour, minute, second and date.

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Pre-SIHH 2015: Baume & Mercier Clifton Big Date and Power Reserve

At the upcoming Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie show Baume & Mercier will present a new Clifton Big Date and Power Reserve wristwatch. The new model comes in 43 diameter stainless steel case with polished and satin-brushed finishing, a fixed steel bezel and an open caseback. It is powered by a Swiss automatic caliber that is finished with circular graining, Cotes de Geneva, blued screws and an oscillating weight that is engraved with the Greek letter “Phi” – a symbol of the Divine Proportion and the brand’s logo. The dial is silvered with contrasting rose gold applied hour numerals/markers (except at 6 o’clock which is were the 40-hour power reserve indicator is located). The dauphine-shaped hour and minute hands are rose-gold plated, facetted and polished. The central second hand is also rose-gold plated, as is the frame of the

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Hands-On with the Baume & Mercier Clifton Retrograde

Baume & Mercier added a new chronograph, and even a tourbillon model to their Clifton collection this year at SIHH, but it was the new Clifton Retrograde model that caught our eye the most. The polished rose gold hour markers; as well as hour, minute and second hands — on a sun satin-finish silver dial — is really attractive. Furthermore, the blued hands of the subsidiary day, date and power reserve indications, add to the overall good aesthetics while also helping to differentiate from the primary time indications.

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Baume & Mercier 1950s Chronograph + Clarks Newby Jump Boots

We recently took a new pair of Clarks boots and a vintage Baume & Mercier chronograph and photographed them together for the first feature in our new series of “lifestyle” shoots that we will run every month from now on. Clarks is a shoe manufacturer headquartered in England and known for making very comfortable footwear. Baume & Mercier is a Swiss watchmaker owned by the Richemont luxury group. The Clarks Newby Jump boots were introduced Fall 2013, and they come in a few different variations. We picked the dark reddish-brown “Men’s Clarks Newby Jump Boot on Clarks official website” leather pair. The jagged edges of the sole give the Newby Jump boots their distinctive look. And the EVA midsole, along with a rubber sole, give them the excellent comfort you expect from a pair of Clarks. The watch we picked

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The Baume & Mercier Clifton Chronographs

Clifton Chronograph collection Baume & Mercier recently released photos of their new Clifton Chronograph collection which will be unveiled in January at SIHH 2014. The timepieces will be equipped with 25 jewel ETA/Valjoux 7750 automatic movements that are decorated with circular graining on the mainplate and Geneva stripes on the bridges and oscillating weight. The 7750 runs at 4Hz, has a power reserve of 48-hours and features rhodium plated screws. All of this is visible through the anti-glare sapphire crystal caseback which is secured with 4 screws.

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