Swiss watch and jewellery company Bucherer in collaboration with Bundnerbike has created the Harley-Davidson Blue Edition, a custom motorcycle to celebrate the Bucherer Blue Editions watch collection.
The one-of-a-kind luxury custom bike was produced in Switzerland in cooperation with the family company Bundnerbike and with a value of CHF 1.888 million (that is almost INR 12 crore).
It took the watchmakers of Carl F. Bucherer, the jewellers of Bucherer Fine Jewellery and the specialists of Bundnerbike a year to design and produce the Harley-Davidson Blue Edition.
A team of eight employees from both companies contributed all of their expertise. More than 2500 working hours were invested in this project, which combines Swiss craftsmanship and the passion for exclusive, tailor-made and very cool products.
The Harley-Davidson Blue Edition is based on a Harley-Davidson Softail Slim S but as can be seen very little of the original bike is left. Almost every metal element has been produced, welded, beaten, ground and polished by hand on this one-of-a-kind motorcycle.
The complete frame of the motorcycle is welded seamlessly and the bike gets custom-made rims as well. The rotating camshaft is visible through a window in the camshaft housing, as are the valve control and the gold-plated throttle valves.
The Bucherer Harley-Davidson Blue Edition features heat-resistant LED lights and several of the parts of the motorcycle are also gold-plated. It is also the world’s first motorcycle to have a motor that is lit up from the inside. The cowhide saddle on this bike has been sewn by hand in Switzerland.
One of the main attraction of this bike is the paint job. It is finished in a special blue iridescent colour. A specific technique had to be employed to illuminate the Harley-Davidson in this intense blue. The entire motorcycle was silver-plated before applying six coats of paint.
The Harley-Davidson Blue Edition is also the first motorcycle in the world to have a manufacture watch and jewels integrated into it. The Dizzler rotating ring from the Bucherer Fine Jewellery collection was adapted to allow it to be mounted on the hand grips. A further pair of Dizzler diamond rings can be found on the forks, while a large version of the Dizzler ring is located in the left half of the tank.
There is also another piece of jewellery of special value, a six-prong Heaven solitaire ring with a 5.40-carat diamond. This is placed underneath an armoured glass dome in a retractable safe. There is also a special custom-made watch, which is based on the Patravi TravelTec II model located in a second safe in the right half of the tank.
The dial of this unique piece is adorned by elements of a motorcycle engine. To ensure that the vibrations of the engine do not damage the mechanical movement, the watch is housed in a cage with an elaborate holder made from silicon rings.
The owner can also look forward to wearing a further unique Carl F. Bucherer watch on their wrist. This has been created by the manufacturer exclusively for the buyer and also incorporates design elements of the motorcycle and its engine on the dial.