From the start of the collaboration between Baume & Mercier and Indian Motorcycle in August 2017, Alexandre Peraldi, Baume & Mercier’s Design Director worked closely with Indian’s Industrial Design team based in Minnesota, USA. The pair’s aim was to capture the DNA of Indian in a refined and not obvious manner.
As such, Baume & Mercier produced the Clifton Club Indian® Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition, and two unique chronographs within the Clifton Club Indian collection. The two watches are called ‘Indian Legend’, with one inspired by the iconic light-weight Indian Scout® model livery and the other, reflecting the design of the heavy-weight Chief® model powered by the Indian’s ThunderStroke 111 V-twin engine. Each limited to 1,901 pieces representing the year 1901 when Indian was founded.
Clifton Club Indian® Legend Tribute, Scout® Limited Edition
Clifton Club Indian® Legend Tribute, Scout® Limited Edition © Baume & Mercier
Housed within a 44mm polished & satin-finished stainless steel case with ADLC details and operating at a frequency of 28’800 vph, the timepiece is powered by the self-winding caliber Valjoux 7750 offering a 48-hour power reserve.
Before this year, Baume et Mercier introduced its Clifton Club “hero” collection of sports watches in SIHH using its CEO, Alain Zimmerman, saying that they’re focusing on younger partners. In case you haven’t noticed the motto “Gentle Sportsmen,” the market with this watch is the bicycle polo playing, large wave grabbing, vintage car driving, alternative sports athlete that wears nicely tailored, slim-fitting suits to casual parties and club meetings. I use a suit fairly regularly, and never once did I feel as though it was great apparel to ride a bike, push a skateboard, or grab a wave. Although, when it comes to driving a car with its top down and feeling just like James Bond, well, I’d have to give them a gentlemanly nod.In my head, Baume et Mercier did not have a customer demographic which was young, adventurous, or sporty, and certainly not a part of the counter culture that’s cafe racers and vintage customs. I thought of them as a watch companion for anniversary presents, a thank you present you purchase for your own parents following your first “real” pay check, a style watch to get a girlfriend or spouse, possibly a graduation gift. The price point for a Baume et Mercier is about a couple thousand; only about the expense of a classic fixer upper. Sure, even if they were trying to break in the MotoGP audience having a more affordable timepiece, it would be a no brainer, but a Wheels and Waves motorcycling event filled with kickstarts, bandanas, and antiques, sounded a little odd.
The riveted indexes as well as hour, minute coated with green emission Superluminova® are complemented by the tachymeter, date and chronograph functions, which the counterweight hand, is immediately recognizable with Indian “I.” The date disc displays “1901” at the 19th day of the month to recall Indian Motorcycle® foundation’s date, which is engraved on the screw down case back, along with the Indian Motorcycle® logo.
Also apparent are the chronograph counters designed to recall the speedometer. The open-worked opalin grey with black snailed counters is representing the livery shade of the Scout® motorbike models.
The Clifton Club Indian® Legend Tribute, Scout® edition features a richly toned leather strap reflecting the brown color of the Scout®’s seat and is made by the famous USA based Horween Leather Company renowned for crafting calfskin straps that develop character and patina over time.
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Clifton Club Indian® Legend Tribute, Chief® Limited Edition
As for the Scout® edition, the Clifton Club Indian® Legend Tribute, Chief® model timepiece encloses a self-winding movement forged in a 44mm diameter case in polished/satin-finished steel stainless steel case with ADLC details.
Clifton Club Indian® Legend Tribute, Chief® Limited Edition © Baume & Mercier
The riveted indexes along with the hour and minute hands coated with green emission Superluminova® enhance the full black dial, surrounded by a tachymeter scale for speed measurements.
The timepiece aso displays a variety of signature elements from Indian’s, such as the Indian “I” on the red chronograph second hand and the “1901” on the date disc and on the back of the case, along with Indian Motorcycle® Headdress logo.
The Clifton Club Indian® Legend Tribute, Chief® edition is fitted with a 3-row polished & satin-finished stainless steel bracelet secured with a triple folding-clasp.
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