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Baume & Mercier and Indian Motorcycle Company Pay Homage to Speed Record Setter Burt Munro

Baume & Mercier and Indian Motorcycle Company Pay Homage to Speed Record Setter Burt Munro
Baume & Mercier announced its partnership with America’s first motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle. The relationship further solidifies Baume & Mercier’s commitment to American motorsports history, as the collaboration follows a long and still on-going partnership that yields the brand’s Shelby Cobra watches, as well. When the brand announced its Indian Motorcycle relationship, it promised fans that related watches would be unveiled soon. That time has come. Today, Baume & Mercier honors record-setting racing legend Burt Munro in a new timepiece: Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition watch with the "I" from Indian Motorcycle's logo as the counterbalance for the center seconds hand.Baume & Mercier

Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition watch with the "I" from Indian Motorcycle’s logo as the counterbalance for the center seconds hand.

The watch is being created in a limited edition of 1,967 pieces to recall the 50th anniversary of the year (1967) that Munro set new speed records at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats. Little known outside of the motorcycle world, Munro set multiple records at the salt flats with his self-modified 1920 Indian Scout, making him an integral part of Indian Motorcycle’s culture.

Burt Munro a the Bonneville Salt flats.Baume & Mercier

Burt Munro a the Bonneville Salt flats.

Munro purchased his red streamliner Scout motorcycle with the number 35 on it in 1926. Because the bike was only able to push speeds of 55 miles per hour, Munro set about modifying it using simple tools and making his own engine parts from salvaged metal. The project would last 40 years.

The case back of the Baume & Mercier Indian Burt Munro Limited Edition watch is engraved with the Indian Motorcycle headdress.Baume & Mercier

The case back of the Baume & Mercier Indian Burt Munro Limited Edition watch is engraved with the Indian Motorcycle headdress.

At different stages of the modification process, Munro would take the bike to the Salt Flats where he set three speed records in different classes. However, it was in 1967 that the then 68-year-old Munro (now a grandfather) set the big record – making his bike the fastest Indian around. In the 1000cc class, he set a record speed of 183.59 mph (294.5 km/h). However, that average speed calculation on the original 1967 record certificate was inaccurately reported – a fact that Munro’s son, John, noticed and brought to task. Exactly 47 years later, the official listing was corrected to the actual speed achieved that day by Munro: 184.087 mph (296.11 km/h). Munro’s story became the subject of a 2006 movie starring Anthony Hopkins: The World’s Fastest Indian.

While Munro set faster speeds – including 200 mph — in qualifying races, they naturally did not count. His record held fast for the past 50 years. However, In August at the 69th Bonneville Speed week, the Indian team, which had joined forces with a distant nephew of Burt’s, Lee Munro, brought out a newly modified bike that Lee piloted, in honor of Burt, to a new record setting speed of 191mph.

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Burt Munro getting ready to race at Bonneville Salt flats Portrait

The new Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition watch celebrates its namesake and his unwavering commitment to hand craftsmanship, precision and speed. The automatic chronograph watch commemorates the legend of Munro and Indian Motorcycle via a host of details. First and foremost is the large yellow number 35 (Munro’s lucky number) in the chronograph seconds counter, and the counterbalance of the chronograph seconds hand created in the shape of the Indian “I.”

just 1,967 pieces of the Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Indian Burt Munro watch will be made - in honor of the year he broke speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats.Baume & Mercier

just 1,967 pieces of the Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Indian Burt Munro watch will be made – in honor of the year he broke speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

A bold Indian Red calfskin strap recalls the famed hue associated with Indian Motorcycle Company, and the dial is created in a silver sandblasted finish designed to emulate the surface of the Bonneville Salt Flats. The 44mm watch is crafted in stainless steel, and the tachymeter bezel highlights the 184mph record speed. The case back is engraved wit the famous Indian Headdress logo of Indian Motorcycle Company, as well as with the limited edition number of the watch.

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It was just a few months ago that Swiss watch brand Baume & Mercier announced its partnership with America’s first motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle. The relationship further solidifies Baume & Mercier’s commitment to American motorsports history, as the collaboration follows a long and still on-going partnership that yields the brand’s Shelby Cobra watches, as well. When the brand announced its Indian Motorcycle relationship, it promised fans that related watches would be unveiled soon. That time has come. Today, Baume & Mercier honors record-setting racing legend Burt Munro in a new timepiece: Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition watch with the Baume & Mercier

Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition watch with the “I” from Indian Motorcycle’s logo as the counterbalance for the center seconds hand.

The watch is being created in a limited edition of 1,967 pieces to recall the 50th anniversary of the year (1967) that Munro set new speed records at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats. Little known outside of the motorcycle world, Munro set multiple records at the salt flats with his self-modified 1920 Indian Scout, making him an integral part of Indian Motorcycle’s culture.

Burt Munro a the Bonneville Salt flats.Baume & Mercier

Burt Munro a the Bonneville Salt flats.

Munro purchased his red streamliner Scout motorcycle with the number 35 on it in 1926. Because the bike was only able to push speeds of 55 miles per hour, Munro set about modifying it using simple tools and making his own engine parts from salvaged metal. The project would last 40 years.

The case back of the Baume & Mercier Indian Burt Munro Limited Edition watch is engraved with the Indian Motorcycle headdress.Baume & Mercier

The case back of the Baume & Mercier Indian Burt Munro Limited Edition watch is engraved with the Indian Motorcycle headdress.

At different stages of the modification process, Munro would take the bike to the Salt Flats where he set three speed records in different classes. However, it was in 1967 that the then 68-year-old Munro (now a grandfather) set the big record – making his bike the fastest Indian around. In the 1000cc class, he set a record speed of 183.59 mph (294.5 km/h). However, that average speed calculation on the original 1967 record certificate was inaccurately reported – a fact that Munro’s son, John, noticed and brought to task. Exactly 47 years later, the official listing was corrected to the actual speed achieved that day by Munro: 184.087 mph (296.11 km/h). Munro’s story became the subject of a 2006 movie starring Anthony Hopkins: The World’s Fastest Indian.

While Munro set faster speeds – including 200 mph — in qualifying races, they naturally did not count. His record held fast for the past 50 years. However, In August at the 69th Bonneville Speed week, the Indian team, which had joined forces with a distant nephew of Burt’s, Lee Munro, brought out a newly modified bike that Lee piloted, in honor of Burt, to a new record setting speed of 191mph.

Baume & Mercier

Burt Munro getting ready to race at Bonneville Salt flats Portrait

The new Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition watch celebrates its namesake and his unwavering commitment to hand craftsmanship, precision and speed. The automatic chronograph watch commemorates the legend of Munro and Indian Motorcycle via a host of details. First and foremost is the large yellow number 35 (Munro’s lucky number) in the chronograph seconds counter, and the counterbalance of the chronograph seconds hand created in the shape of the Indian “I.”

just 1,967 pieces of the Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Indian Burt Munro watch will be made - in honor of the year he broke speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats.Baume & Mercier

just 1,967 pieces of the Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Indian Burt Munro watch will be made – in honor of the year he broke speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

A bold Indian Red calfskin strap recalls the famed hue associated with Indian Motorcycle Company, and the dial is created in a silver sandblasted finish designed to emulate the surface of the Bonneville Salt Flats. The 44mm watch is crafted in stainless steel, and the tachymeter bezel highlights the 184mph record speed. The case back is engraved wit the famous Indian Headdress logo of Indian Motorcycle Company, as well as with the limited edition number of the watch.

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