Racing could ensue, the thunder of pistons bashing off as the riders trapped back their throttles at the beginning line, slamming their brakes a 1/4 mile afterwards, then ripping through the gears back to where they had started from. A combination of drag racing and barrel racing; each rider would start in neutral with their left hand on their helmet, and when the flag dropped, they would shift into gear, race to the barrel, whip a u-turn and return-to-home as fast as they’d left it, all while riding side by side with their competitor.In between all of the racing could be an easy, lively, peg dragging 3 hour joy ride beginning along HWY 101 afterward into Templeton, Paso Robles, and Big Sur.The weekend could be about the Clifton Club set of watches and, later in the weekend, the unveiling of this Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition. I had been excited about trying out this collection as I had yet to get some hands-on time with these watches. I am a sucker for everyday use sailors, so my very first watch of the weekend was the stainless steel Clifton Club using a sunburst satin-finished blue dial, strapped to a textured orange rubber NATO. The bold colour blend was fitting to the coastal city setting as it reminds me of the sea and the sun reflecting off the water’s surface. The rubber NATO was a fantastic bit as it felt like a miniature hi-viz wetsuit round my wrist and it was amazingly comfortable, as the material would provide a little during little impacts and vibrations with continual wear. The 42mm case dimensions and the 10.3millimeter thickness fit snuggly around my 7.25 inch wrist, fitting comfortably beneath my riding gloves through long miles and hours of street vibrations. The Sellita SW200 movement is not glamorous, but it is dependable and with of the street vibrations being subjected to it over this weekend, I wouldn’t have wanted it to become an in-house, handmade marvel.
Baume & Mercier introduces a new chronograph inspired by the legendary “Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé”, probably the most iconic car in American motorsports. In celebration of its legacy, Peter Brock personally joined with Baume & Mercier’s Design Director Alexandre Peraldi to create a collection that sets a new standard in style and presence. The chronograph is limited to 196 pieces.