A Day In New England With Ulysse Nardin
Waving goodbye to summer is never easy. Just as the warm, long days and balmy nights start to seem like a best friend who will stick around forever, they’re quickly gone. We all need to make the most of summer while it lasts.
And that is exactly what Watchonista recently did. Before the trees begin to shed their leaves and the nighttime air takes on a chill, we set off on one final summer getaway: a day taking in the relaxed charm and salty sea breeze of some of our favorite coastal New England towns.
Of course, good times with great friends can only be made better when accompanied by special watches. So, what better companion to join us on our seaside escape than the latest models from Ulysse Nardin’s Marine Torpilleur collection.
With its rich history of marine chronometers, Ulysse Nardin is a natural choice to wear right next to the ocean waves. But, more than that, the Le Locle-based watchmaker is the self-proclaimed “Manufacture of Freedom,” making it the perfect wrist gear for this liberating, albeit brief, break from city life.
The seven latest Marine Torpilleur offerings we sported on our tour comprise blue enamel and panda-dialed models showing the time, date, and power reserve; a couple of annual calendar chronographs; two moonphase models; and a splendid new tourbillion. Each one represents a technical innovation or complication perfected by the brand during its 175-year history.
Happy, Carefree Times
New England in the fall might be one of the great natural spectacles, but coastal New England in late summer isn’t too shabby either; quaint lighthouses, lobster rolls, steamed clams, local beers…and, of course, some sailing.
During our day on the water, we had the pleasure of stepping aboard a vintage sloop, Contessa 35, setting off from Boston Harbor headed for Cape Cod, with an intermediate stop at Hull, MA, and its beautiful beach.
Riding the waves and breathing in the fresh sea air in this idyllic setting felt like a step back in time, pulling up to the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, and its era of happy, carefree living seemed perfectly possible.
John F. Kennedy said that he always felt “revived” when he returned to the area. We can only agree that our trip along the New England coast was just the medicine we needed before bidding farewell to the sweet summer.