At its namesake track, the Daytona Coupe quickly established its fearsome reputation as the fastest GT car in the world. It outperformed by such a wide margin that Peter and Carroll Shelby decided to slow the engine to boost fuel economy.
It was an ingenious secret only known to the Shelby team. First they would lower the RPMs (revolutions/min.) to let the car run longer. Then, in the closing laps, the RPMs would be restored to turn the Daytona into a rocket.
At Le Mans 1964, the Daytona CSX2299 driven by famous duo Bondurant/Gurney set the world alight with a blistering 196 mph (315 km/h) performance at the famous Mulsanne straight (36 mph faster than the acclaimed Cobra small block).
The Daytona Coupe returned to competition in 1965 in dominating fashion. From Sebring and the Nürburgring to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Shelby fielded six Daytona Coupes to give America its first GT class World Sportscar Championship, culminating with glory at Reims on US Independence Day: July 4, 1965. At the end of the season, CSX2287 set 25 USAC/FIA world speed records on the dusty salt flats of Bonneville.
Although the Daytona Coupe never raced again, it became a symbol of futuristic design, with the original six models now worth several million dollars each. Yet its DNA continues in every passenger car built since. Once Peter and Carroll Shelby unlocked the potential of modern aerodynamics, every designer wanted to capture the same benefits. The Daytona Coupe’s curved body, flat roof and chopped tail are now a common standard.
50 years later, Peter returned to his original drawings to personally collaborate with Baume & Mercier on the creation of the Clifton Club Shelby® Cobra Limited Editions. According to Peter, “The graphics of the Daytona were crucial, and it’s the same with the chronograph. You don’t need to see it close up to admire its beauty. Look across the room, and you just know it’s the Daytona Coupe. Every detail mirrors the original in form and purpose.”
Taking stock of his legacy, Peter
offers a final comparison between car and chronograph. “You can choose to be conservative, or strive to be an original. That’s the attitude we brought to the Clifton Club Shelby® Cobra Limited Edition. Truly a chronograph unlike any other.”
Like the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe it celebrates, each chronograph in our Clifton Club Shelby® Cobra collection is a masterpiece of daring form matched to superior performance. From the start, Peter Brock and Alexandre Peraldi, Baume & Mercier Design Director, worked in partnership to interpret each component of the iconic Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, and prove how bold design can inspire engineering and precision to new heights.
The achievement is felt at first glance, with the Daytona’s aerodynamic shape replicated in sweeping lines forged in a 44mm diameter case in polished/satin-finished steel, or steel and titanium. At the center is a dial created by Peter himself, celebrating the Daytona Coupe’s famous livery with a choice of Daytona blue, silver-colored, or half blue/half silver-colored to mirror Peter’s artistry in having the Shelby racing stripes end in a perfect split on the Daytona’s flat tail allowing to easily identify the cars during the race.
Completing the dial are modern Arabic numerals, vertical or horizontal ring chronograph counters in honor of the Daytona Coupe’s dashboard highlighted by a tachymeter scale for speed measurements, and special hours and minutes hands that recall the steering-wheel with Superluminova* C1 blue emission. To signify Peter’s role as designer of the iconic Cobra logo, the red chronograph second hand features the fearsome Cobra itself.
Admire the Clifton Club Shelby® Cobra models more closely, and you will discover signature elements from Peter Brock’s design language. The first are detailed replicas of the Daytona Coupe’s foot pedals, present as push buttons to control key functions. On the reverse, the Daytona Coupe’s muscular magnesium alloy wheel design is perfectly replicated on the oscillating weight visible through the sapphire crystal case back surrounded by an etched collection title to signify its exclusivity. Teased between the wheel spokes is a view of the engines that power the Clifton Club Shelby® Cobra Limited Editions, featuring automatic Swiss-made self-winding chronograph or flyback chronograph movements.
Completing the sporty style are black or blue calfskin “carbon-like” straps, material that recalls the one uses on exceptional automotive facilities, with red or black rubberized soft touch calfskin lining. Each is designed for supreme comfort and durability, offset by an adjustable triple-folding clasp with security push-pieces.
Available as a 1,964-piece chronograph limited edition in tribute to the first official race of the Daytona Coupe or 196-piece flyback chronograph numbered limited edition to celebrate the CSX2299’s speed record, the Clifton Club Shelby® Cobra Limited Editions are purely for those who aspire to the highest standard of design and performance. A timepiece to be worn with confidence, and a symbol of triumph reflected in the enduring legacy of the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe.
All timepieces in the Clifton Club Shelby® Cobra collection arrive to its owner in elegant black and silver packaging, and includes an exclusive 1:43 scale model of the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe prized by collectors. A custom brochure that presents the history of the Daytona Coupe is also provided as an expression of our gratitude.
Clifton Club Shelby® Cobra 1964
1,964-Piece Limited Edition Each
At the heart of the Clifton Club Shelby® Cobra collection are 2 limited edition chronographs that exude style and performance. Featuring automatic Swiss-made movement (Valjoux 7750) for true accuracy, all elements of the design are borne from the original Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, and created in consultation with Daytona designer Peter Brock.
The 44mm diameter case forged from polished/ satin-finished stainless steel matches the aerodynamic contours of the timeless Daytona Coupe body shape. In the center is a modern dial available in silver-colored or Daytona blue replete with Arabic numerals, vertical chronograph ringed counters inspired by those of the dashboard highlighted with red touches, day and date displays at 3 o’clock, and a tachymeter scale placed into the flange . The hours and minutes hands shaped as the steering wheel feature Superluminova* C1 blue emission, while the Cobra logo created by Peter Brock is forged onto the chronograph’s second hand.
When you wish to control the Clifton Club Shelby® Cobra 1964 edition, two inspired design touches come into play. Key functions are activated via exact replicas of the Daytona’s foot pedals. The magic continues with the Daytona’s bold alloy wheel design featured on the oscillating weight. The limited edition number (one out of 1964) is etched in tribute to the year of this iconic car’s introduction.
For style and comfort, a black “automotive carbon-like” calfskin strap with red rubberized soft-touch calfskin lining is standard, offset by an adjustable triple-folding clasp with security push-pieces. Completing the tribute to legendary car and designer are subtle vertical racing stripes on the Clifton Club Shelby® Cobra dial.
Clifton Club Shelby® Cobra CSX2299
196-Piece Numbered Limited Edition
In a milestone celebration of the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, Baume & Mercier is honored to present a rare chronograph destined to become a collectible. In recognition of the speed record achieved by the Daytona at Le Mans in 1964, only 196 pieces will ever be produced, each numbered to prove its place in this exclusive collection.
Powered with a Swiss-made manufacture self-winding movement (La Joux-Perret 8147-2) with flyback chronograph function, the watch allows the wearer to move from one chronograph reading to another in a single button push. This 44mm diameter case is forged in polished/satin-finished stainless steel and titanium, a highly resistant and light material. Central to its persona is a dial inspired by Peter Brock himself, mirroring the half blue/half silver-colored Shelby livery chosen for the Daytona’s tail marking it as a true original. Framing the bi-color dial are modern Arabic numerals, while the snailed horizontal chronograph counters are offset by tachymeters scale that highlights the speed record of “196mph”.
Between the hands illuminated with Superluminova* C1 blue emission is a vivid red chronograph second hand that features the iconic Cobra logo created by Peter Brock to mark the Shelby brand. Trace your fingers along the edges, and precise details make themselves known. The first is an exact replica of the foot pedals, placed on either side of the crown to control chronograph functions. On the other side, the Cobra insignia is forged into the case band in tribute to the powerful Cobra 289 engine.
Complementing the vivid design is a blue “automotive carbon-like” calfskin strap with black rubberized soft-touch calfskin lining and red stitching. While on the back, the Daytona Coupe’s iconic wheels are represented in exact glory, framed by an engraving of the collection title and proof of limited edition status.
*Superluminova is a registered trademark, not belonging to Baume & Mercier
*Shelby American, Inc., is the official Manufacturer of Record of the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, and the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust is recognized by the United States Patent & Trademark Office as the owner of the shape and design trademark (the “trade dress”) of this iconic vehicle.
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