Lee Munro and the Indian Motorcycle’ team returned to Bonneville in August 2017 © Baume & Mercier
The Clifton Club, Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition
With this limited edition timepiece, Baume & Mercier celebrates an icon, a hero of speed, while at the same time christening the new partnership with the Indian Motorcycle Company – a collaboration in the same vein as the very successful Shelby Cobra.
This limited edition automatic chronograph features a number of special details designed to commemorate the extraordinary achievement of Burt Munro. Immediately apparent is the large, yellow number 35, Munro’s lucky number, in the chronograph seconds counter. Next, the “Indian Red” color of the calfskin strap evokes the deep vermillion color that is identified with the Indian Motorcycle Company, and the color of the Munro Special. The dial itself is silver-colored with sandblasted and snailed finishes, meant to mimic the surface of the Bonneville Salt Flats, where the record was set. The counterbalance of the chronograph seconds hand is the immediately recognizable Indian “I.” The 44mm stainless steel case has a tachymeter scale on the bezel, with the record, 184 mph, highlighted on it. On the back, the famous Indian Headdress logo of the Indian Motorcycle Company is engraved, as well as the number of the limited edition. The Clifton Club Burt Munro Tribute is limited to 1967 pieces, recalling the year that Munro set his iconic record. This exclusive timepiece is unveiled for the very first time at EICMA, the world’s most important motorcycle show held in Milan Italy, from 7 to 12 November, 2017.
If this was an invitation only watch event, it’d perform as such: Maximillian Busser and Friends would organize a personal gathering in Lake Geneva together with the top watch influencers to discuss the state of the watch industry, have a “watch show” filled with one-off collectibles, also, importantly, drink copious quantities of “warm” beer with a side of gloating to help wash it all down. A Few of the invitees would be Andreas Strehler, Kari Voutilainen, Roger W. Smith, and Vianney Halter, as headliners. The bonus round are the Deep Dive Sprint (most water and strain resistance). Completing the festivities are a “watch show” along with a tribute movie of the late George Daniels. Obviously, Baume et Mercier would be the title sponsor of this shindig with everyone riding in around Indian Motorcycles.
Clifton Club Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition (back) © Baume & Mercier