Norton unveils Breitling Commando 961

imited-edition Commando 961 Cafe Racer MKII

Norton Motorcycles has unveiled a limited-edition Commando 961 Cafe Racer MKII to mark its collaboration with Swiss watchmaker Breitling.

The bike is one of just 77 and includes dials designed by the watchmaker, as well as signature “Bs” engraved on the clutch box and stitched into the seat. imited-edition Commando 961 Cafe Racer MKII

Norton says the bike will officially launch this weekend at £16,495 (about $30,800)

The “standard” model costs more than $A33,000 in Australia.

Breitling watchimited-edition Commando 961 Cafe Racer MKII

The limited-edition bike has been developed to coincide wth the release of a new watch from the Swiss watchmaker’s Premier collection.

Their Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Norton Edition costs a hefty $A11,250 and is only available online

It honours the British bike brand with Norton logos engraved on the left side of the case and transparent caseback. imited-edition Commando 961 Cafe Racer MKII

The black dial has gold numerals, silver subdials and white bezel inscribed with the word “TACHYMETER” in red. 

The hands are coated in a luminescent “Super-LumiNova” finish to make them easily legible for riders day and night.

It comes with either a brown leather strap or stainless steel bracelet.imited-edition Commando 961 Cafe Racer MKII

Watch collaborations

It is not the first time a luxury watchmaker has collaborated with a motorcycle company.

Swiss watchmaker Baume & Mercier has got together with Indian Motorcycle on several occasions to release watches costing up to $5500.

Indian Baume at Mercier watch Breitling
Indian Baume at Mercier watch

Other motorcycle manufacturers have had similar exclusive watches in recent years so devoted fans can wear their “heart” on their sleeve – or wrist!

They include a Ducati Scrambler watch in 2015 with watchmaker Tudor, a BMW GS watchBMW boxer watch designed by Marc Jenni and a host of Harley-Davidson watches with New York company Bulova.

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