Last year, Baume & Mercier collaborated with legendary American motorcycle brand Indian to launch a racing watch in honour of New Zealand speed god Burt Munro. This month, the two titans have teamed up once again to go for another rip. Enter the Clifton Club Scout and Clifton Club Chief, two new timepieces named after motorcycles in the Indian lineup.
For those unaware: Indian is touted as being America’s first motorcycle company. Its founders, George Hendee and Oscar Hedstrom, began mounting gas engines onto bicycle frames back in 1901. The company’s motorcycles would go on to set world records, with its two most popular models — the Scout and the Chief — becoming classics. Though the company went bankrupt in ’53, Polaris Industries bought Indian in 2011, and has since revived both the brand and its two most popular models.
Both the Scout and Chief will be limited to 1,901 watches, honouring Indian Motocycles’ founding year. On the 19th of each month the date disc reads “1901” (with the “01” in subscript). The Scout features a brown calfskin strap and a partially openwork design, while the Chief has a solid dial and stainless steel bracelet. Each watch reflects different aspects of riding a motorcycle: the Scout represents freedom of expression and the open road, while the Chief evokes the innovative spirit and power of a motorbike.
Top-shelf watchmaking meets true Indian spirit. Who wouldn’t ride for that?