Baume & Mercier introduces a new chronograph inspired by the legendary “Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé”, probably the most iconic car in American motorsports. In celebration of its legacy, Peter Brock personally joined with Baume & Mercier’s Design Director Alexandre Peraldi to create a collection that sets a new standard in style and presence. The chronograph is limited to 196 pieces.
Racing could ensue, the thunder of pistons bashing away as the riders pinned back their throttles in the start line, hammering their brakes a 1/4 mile afterwards, then ripping through the gears again back to where they had started from. A combination of drag racing and barrel racing; each rider would start in neutral with their left hand on their helmet, and as soon as the flag fell, they’d shift to gear, race down to the barrel, whip a u-turn and return-to-home as quickly as they had left it, while riding side by side with their competitor.In between all the racing would be easy, spirited, peg dragging 3 hour joy ride beginning along HWY 101 afterward into Templeton, Paso Robles, along with Big Sur.The weekend would be about the Clifton Club collection of watches and, later in the weekend, the unveiling of the Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition. I had been looking forward to trying out this set as I had yet to get some hands-on time with these watches. I am a sucker for everyday use sailors, so my first watch of this weekend was the stainless steel Clifton Club with a sunburst satin-finished blue dial, strapped to a textured orange rubber NATO. The daring color blend was fitting to the coastal city setting as it reminds me of the ocean and sunlight reflecting off the water’s surface. The rubber NATO was a great bit as it felt just like a miniature hi-viz wetsuit round my wrist and it was amazingly comfortable, as the substance would provide a bit during little vibrations and impacts with consistent wear. The 42mm case dimensions and the 10.3mm thickness fit snugly round my 7.25 inch wrist, fitting comfortably beneath my riding gloves during long kilometers and hours of street vibrations. The Sellita SW200 movement is not glamorous, but it’s dependable and with the road vibrations being exposed to it over this weekend, I wouldn’t have wanted it to become a in-house, handmade marvel.