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Agaist the Wind


Five Questions to... Roberto Zambrini


Yachting Partnerships

22 Work in Progress 46 Exclusive Yacht Decor


158 Tender 160 Toys 162 The Watch 166 Jewels 168 Yacht Club


172 Harbour Life 178 Real Estate

THE YACHTING WORLD 56 Cover Story: Lürssen Ester III 70

Jet: Flight Smiles


The Car: A unique Sapphire


82 Creative Minds: Luca Dini 88 The Stylist: Luxury Projects

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contents SAPPHIRE ISSUE n째 3 - 2015 92 Megasailer: Fitzroy Yachts Escapade


104 Art on board: The Italian Lifestyle on Show 108 Mise en Place: Hospitality is a Question of Style 112 Gourmand: Following the thread of Logic 116 Megayacht: Heesen Yachts Asya 130 Trend Setters: David Chipperfield


A Stararchitect goes to Sea 136 Megayacht: Sanlorenzo SL 118 146 Technology: All in One 150 Young Designers: Krill, Food for Thought 154 Helicopter: A Flying Gem

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A YEAR OF CONFUSION by Andrea Pezzini, CEO & Co-Founder Floating Life


t ’s been a year of huge confusion for the EU but for those in the

to charter activities in its waters but has also worked up an

nautical sector, the situation is becoming a real nightmare….

incredibly complex and costly tax system.

All of the Mediterranean states are changing their laws to suit

Clearly, the problems don’t stop there. It’s virtually impossible

their domestic economic policies but often without much – or

for owners to comply with all the various national legislative

indeed any – regard for EU legislation.

requirements and pay VAT in every state. At the very least,

Every yacht involved in commercial activity has to pay VAT

you need a tax representative (another cost that I find hard to

in the state in which it is operating and so must have a tax

swallow) and a different VAT number for every single one.

representative for each state – that fact alone is an indication

Perhaps an EU VAT number that could be used in all member

of the jungle of rules and regulations that has to be negotiated.

states might be an idea?

Greece is another good example. The legislation launched by

The scenario outlined above merely reflects what a very normal

the last government has not been enforced by the current one,

charter owner, be they a company or an individual, has to tackle

so no one quite knows what to do when a charter vessel enters

every single summer as they negotiate the stormy financial

Greek waters. Spain has also changed its rules. It is now open

waters of the Mediterranean.

I just don’t understand why we can’t just have common legislation if we’re all part of the EU? I don’t even mean the same VAT rate everywhere – just one law for all. Is that such a crazily difficult dream to make come true?





There are over 40 yachts building or sold in your portfolio. That’s a huge achievement. What strategy did Mondomarine use for a period in which the market showed little sign of recovery?

Variety is a signature and the strong point of the Mondomarine range, which is designed by seven different Italian designers. We offer and build fullcustom yachts that are unmistakably Italian in design and which guarantee superb quality. The fact that all the owners with yachts now building with us are either expert in the area or repeat clients demonstrates this perfectly. Your acquisition of the Cantieri di Pisa ushered in a new era for Mondomarine. Will the Group be extending its range? Absolutely. We will be flanking Mondomarine’s full-custom output with the new Cantieri di Pisa models which have retro lines given a modern take and the superior quality that has long been a trademark of that brand. Mondomarine has been in business on the Savona coast since 1915 when it opened as the Cantieri Navali Campanella. What plans do you have for your centenary year? The event we’ve planned for mid-September will


provide an important opportunity to celebrate this historic moment for the yard and communicate the enthusiasm and can-do attitude of the new Mondomarine to our clients. The recent opening of your Sales and Marketing Office in Monte Carlo is another sign of the new Mondomarine. But why Monte Carlo? Monaco is the world yachting capital. It has the highest concentration of primary brokerage as well as a large variety of potential clients for our kind of product. It’s most definitely the ideal place for a fast-growing brand like Mondomarine to be best represented. Plus it is quite near to Savona so it’s easier for us to arrange client visits to the yard from there. What kind of a gauntlet are you throwing down to the international market with the new designs you have up your sleeve? How many are there? Our main objective is to consistently improve quality. We work hard every day to consolidate Mondomarine’s strong position amongst the top international 40 to 75-metre yacht builders. At the upcoming Monaco Show, we’ll actually be unveiling a new 60-metre by one of the leading international design stars.


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he logo of the private Swiss bank Mirabaud & Cie

boat won several ocean races. It not only had a name, it

first appeared on a yacht in 2002 when it sponsored

had a story as well. We also used the boat for numerous

South African-born Swiss explorer Mike Horn on his

team-building exercises involving group managers. Since

solo circumnavigation of the Arctic Circle. From that first

then, our sponsoring activities have included the Bol d’Or

partnership in the remote and hostile environment of the

Mirabaud regatta, an innovative prototype boat christened

Bering Strait, Mirabaud’s links with the sea have grown

the Mirabaud LX, a women’s sailing team that was both

stronger with each passing year.

world champion and an Olympic gold medal winner, a

With a 200-year history, a wealth and asset management

Geneva–based sailing school that was the recipient of

portfolio valued at 27 billion Swiss Francs and offices all

several Surprise sailboats, and Dominique Wavre’s round-

over the globe, this private bank also lends its name to

the-world race”. He continues: “The Bol d’Or Mirabaud

Lake Geneva’s famous Mirabaud Bol d’Or regatta and the

is an exceptional racing event for the entire Lake Léman

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image of the Year professional

region. Anyone who sails knows about it. It’s an exceptional

photography competition. “In sailing,” says Antonio Palma,

event because it’s unique. To bring that many boats together

CEO of Mirabaud & Cie and an expert sailor, “what we like

on a body of water of that type, especially in the middle

is the communal experience. It’s about sharing emotions,

of Europe, is something important and unparalleled. As a

about being fired up with the same passion. About 12 years

company we are starting to become a major presence in the

ago, we bought an Open 60 yacht that enabled us to carry

world of sailing and that’s a banner of distinction we are

out certain projects for the bank itself. That particular

more than happy to fly at the top of our mast.”

Above: LadyCat, the D35 catamaran the bank sponsors. Fielded by the Spindrift racing team, it was sailed to victory in the Bol d’Or in 2014 and to third position in 2015 by Dona Bertarelli, sister of America’s Cup maestro Ernesto. Top: Antonio Palma, a keen sailor and CEO of Mirabaud & Cie; he is also a member of the Geneva Financial Center (Genève Place Financière)



From the first Technema 65 in 1976 to the majestic 80m Chopi Chopi, the Zuccon International Project studio has always flanked yacht design with a history of innovation and success, resulting in the creation of more than a hundred different boat models. Today, this forty-year experience has been renewed, backing the new generation that shares the running of the studio and looks to the future while remaining rooted in the firm’s traditional and sound design culture.







A selection of new projects and concepts from the leading international shipyards and design studios that will grace the waves in the near future by Désirée Sormani and Mary Hagerty


ripack introduces FLOW, a new yacht concept that owners can either embrace as it stands

or tailor to suit their own requirements, cutting out much of the angst of the “blank canvas” phase. The culmination of the studio’s work on 7,000 previous vessels, FLOW’s fluid exterior lines mould a warm, textured interior. Stand-out features include a stunning all-glass beach house on the main deck for


spectacular views of the wake underway or, with doors and windows open, a cool breezy observatory at anchor, a huge party/lounging area on the boat deck when the bulwarks are folded down and tenders deployed, and the treasure room on the bridge deck with a charming “family treasure cabinet” for souvenirs collected on voyages. Gull-wing lookouts also offer unobstructed forward views. The interior is sublimely handcrafted with tactile natural oxidized copper and calfskin leather used to superb effect. The studio describes the sun deck, a mix of climatecontrolled indoor and outdoor space, as the “ultimate sports bar” with a workout area, barbecue, bar, Jacuzzi and wind-protected lounge pads.



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ichela Reverberi and her busy team have several different

blond wood to be combined with blue fabrics and leather for a

projects in hand including the refit of the 58-metre Astrid

look inspired by the colours of the sea. The stairs and technical

Conroy, the 55-metre Quinta Essentia, a 60-metre megasailer for

areas have been opened up to ensure that there are sea views from

Perini Navi and an 81-metre superyacht for Proteksan. The latter

every area of the saloon too. Maple alternates white-painted wood.

in particular has a saloon (below) with massive windows that

The design is cool and contemporary with oodles of personality

make it fantastically bright with unparalleled views. It also features

but nicely frill-free. At the owner’s request there are two master

a striking combination of light materials and darker carbon high

staterooms with large bathrooms and walk-in closets on the lower

tech ones. The split-level owner’s suite is especially impressive. We

deck. They communicate with the suite through sliding doors.

also loved the Perini Navi 60-metre in which the owner wanted



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fter three years in the making, the first Oyster 118,


the yard’s largest collaboration with Humphreys

for 12 guests and six crew in this five cabin/four head

Yacht Design thus far, is now building in Southampton

version. On the forward lower deck, there is also an

for launch in December 2017 with handover scheduled

option for a sixth suite and or a snug and TV room/kid’s

for the following May after sea trials.

cabin. The rig is four-spreader carbon with a roller boom

This latest evolution of the duo’s signature plumb-bowed,

and there are also four captive winches to make life easier

soft-chined, twin-rudder designs has a super-sleek profile

underway too.

with Oyster’s trademark seascape hull and teardrop deck

True to form, Oyster offers generous and creative

saloon windows.

potential for personalisation too, extending as radically

The completely new integral bimini (essentially an

as an alternative squared stern profile that adds an extra

enclosable sedan hard top) elegantly links the guest

metre to the deck length: no small feat.

cockpit with an astonishing 700m3 of interior space



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nrico Gobbi’s Team for Design studio is currently honing

world inside. This contact with nature is very much a part of

the design of a new megayacht for Rossinavi. The owner

the concept underlying the design which features plenty of al

of this tri-deck with clean, modern lines asked for an ocean-

fresco spaces for relaxing, dining and sunning. Even the aft

going vessel he could use all year round anywhere from the

gym area has sea views! The onboard lighting was designed for

Caribbean to the Mediterranean. The elegant result is an

atmosphere and also to make the yacht instantly recognisable at

extremely pared-back, minimalist expedition yacht with some

night. The full-displacement hull by Arrabito Naval Architects

beautiful styling details. Great swathes of glass characterise

will build in aluminium to deliver a much improved cruising

the profile bringing those aboard into constant touch with the

speed to fuel consumption ratio.

exterior through scenic views as well as drawing the outside



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ustralian large custom craft specialist Echo Yachts has just

to be extremely efficient without compromising on quality, she

released the first official renderings of the two new-build

is also incredibly tough and capable of coping with all kinds of

projects progressing on schedule at its Henderson facility. Both


are for the same highly-experienced owner. The spectacular 84m

The Sam Sorgiovanni-penned 84m trimaran

Trimaran superyacht (above) is due to splash in 2017, but her

the yard’s real piece de resistance: she is not only the biggest

46m catamaran support vessel (top) will be on the water in early

superyacht to emerge from Australia, but also the largest tri-

2016. Designed by LOMOOcean of New Zealand, the high-tech

hulled superyacht ever built. She will boast vast interior volumes,

vacuum-infused fibreglass 46m shadow cat will house a fleet of 11

guaranteeing very generous living space for her 12 guests.

watercraft including a 12m catamaran. Designed and engineered


is, however,



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fficina Italiana Design has been the pen behind every single Riva motoryacht since 1994 and is busier than ever these days. After the recent launches of the Domino 88’ and Florida 88’ followed up by the splashing of the 122’ Mythos flagship, the Bergamo studio is now hard at work on the design of a new 50-metre-plus full-custom line announced by Riva at the last Monaco Yacht Show. This new series is the iconic brand’s opening volley in the superyacht segment, to which it is entirely new. The steelbuilt customs start at 50 metres and will go all the way up

to 100. The displacement hull has sleekly dynamic lines and a clean, cool design. A variety of layouts is on offer for the interiors, which are fully customisable. The owner will, in fact, shape them hand-in-glove with Officina Italiana Design. There are many very generous relaxation and communal areas including a sundeck with Jacuzzi and freestanding furnishings. The transom opens out to form a water-skimming terrace, while a floodable garage hosts a tender of just under six metres.



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his 45-metre will be masterfully streamlined thanks to the

there are several entertainment zones on the main deck including

creative skills of Guido De Groot from whom it was recently

a large aft saloon and a roomy dining room forward.nThe ample

commissioned to guarantee its owner complete privacy on extended

galley is amidships with an adjacent lounge area providing a wet bar

cruises. A tri-deck with fly, it has long windows stretching along its

and games table. The bridge deck has a family lounge with plenty of

hull which sharpen its profile in addition to yielding exceptionally

space as well as an extra stateroom, office and children’s cabin. This

bright interiors. The same applies to the upper deck where the

lovely 45-metre has spacious accommodations for up to 12 guests in

wheelhouse glazing extends the entire length of it. The upper aft

six staterooms as well as a crew of eight.

deck offers guests generous outdoor space for sunbathing. Inside



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RN, which specialises in steel and aluminium 50 to 90-metre yachts, is

busily working on a new semi-custom range with Zuccon International Project to meet the demands of a fast-developing and diversifying market. So far this has produced three very different 50m projects, all of which, however, encapsulate and rework CRN’s trademarks, in addition to showcasing its versatility. The 50m Teseo is a four-deck steel and aluminium displacement





bulbous bow, a master suite and four VIPs. There is a choice of three layouts. The 50m Superconero references a successful 1970s model and includes CRN signatures such as a balcony usable underway, a beachclub and a floodable garage for launching the tender and creating a water-skimming lounge area. As its name suggests, the 50m Dislopen Special Edition keeps its 10 guests in constant contact with the sea but in superb comfort. It has a balcony, beach club and floodable garage. All three layouts come with twin Caterpillar C32 engines which deliver a 15-knot top speed and cruising speed of 14, as well as a 3,800-mile range at 11. RINA and MCA certification is also guaranteed.



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his is Spadolini’s preliminary design of a 100-metre LOA displacement motoryacht with a maximum beam of 18.5.

The vessel will make a top speed of 19/20 knots and have a 5,000-nautical mile range at 12. The Eastern client requested a futuristic superstructure but classic waterlines and hull profile. An entire deck is dedicated to the owner and includes a suite with 270 degree views, a large office, two outside decks and a wellness centre. There are 10 guest cabins, each one 70 square metres, on the main deck. Great swathes of glass guarantee plenty of daylight. The first widebody upper deck is clothed in full-height windows. In fact, this is where the owner and his guests will spend most of their time just hanging out, eating and socialising in the saloons, lounges, cinema and formal dining area. The crew quarters on the lower deck are very expansive indeed as they comply with all the new regulations in that regard. There is also a vast wellness area as well as access to the tender garage (which has space for a 12-metre-plus tender among other things) and the hideaway beach area.

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aving penned the interiors of megasailers of the illustrious likes of Chrisco and Better Place, Wetzels Brown Partners continues

its quest to deliver luxurious design that goes beyond merely aping shore-based concepts but actually captures the spirit of being at sea. This particular concept of a 33 m sailing yacht was developed for an expert owner that wanted futuristic lines and a light, bright look that would reflect his yacht’s powerful performance. The concept was created for a bespoke yacht with unique design cues that both look good and are cleverly optimised in the building process. It ultimately demanded a simple, functional yet delicate balance between luxury, performance and weight-saving (the latter through the use of double-jobbing features). Both colour scheme and materials are calming. Underpinning the design is a need to effortlessly meld speed with superb comfort and unique design. But WBP excels in creating luxury that goes hand-in-glove with performance, a theme that often crops up in naval design but still has ample scope for development when it comes to sailing yacht interiors.


Columbus Yachts - Oceanic 70M

Under Construction


A range of yachts destined to set a new benchmark in style on the water. Based on a concept by Stefano Inglese Vafiadis and designed in close collaboration with Giorgio Vafiadis and Associates, the first example is being forged and crafted in the Columbus Yachts shipyard in Italy. With two super yachts already launched this year and strategically located service centers throughout the Med, Columbus Yachts offers the discerning buyer a symphony of quality, beauty, and after-sale care that simply cannot be found anywhere else.

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ibot was a British-bred Italian-trained thoroughbred

The owner has an entire deck at his disposal with one or

racehorse considered by many to be one of the greatest

two VIP cabins for children, or to use as massage rooms or a

equines of all time. He was undefeated in 16 races in the 1950s

second office. There is a large lounge on the sky deck as well

and won over all distances. His prowess provided Italian

as a gym and sunbathing area from where guests can enjoy

designer Marco Casali with the inspiration and name for an

what Casali calls a “flying over the water experience”. All the

85-metre marriage of power and elegance. Casali lowered the

guest cabins have their own balconies.

yacht’s centre of gravity and changed the distribution of the

A slender bow and broad stern also hint at a stability and

masses to produce large al fresco spaces and a big swimming

performance-focused design.

pool on the main deck as well as a Jacuzzi on the upper one.





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EXCLUSIVE YACHT DECOR In harmony with the colours of the ocean, here are the latest furnishing trends seen at International Design Week in Milan. Iconic design pieces and new ideas for originality on board by Marta Bernasconi and Désirée Sormani


2. 1. The sumptuous Baroque print in the La Coupe des Dieux line also features on the black, gold and turquoise silk cushions in Versace’s Home 201 collection. The elegant #Greek line offers shades of grey, black and taupe. 2. Jungle Life Multicolore is a wallpaper from Hermès that is also ideal for yacht interiors. Robert Dallet’s 3.

3. The Ernest Bed sun lounger by Gwenael Nicolas for Louis Vuitton is from Objets Nomades, a new collection of travel-inspired furnishings


varied, high-impact pattern evokes journeys to faraway lands

6. Flos presents Moonline, a lighting system comprising aluminium tracks to build into plasterboard walls and ceilings, for mounting LED modules. 7. The Jazz Armani bar unit in raised bronze lacquer texture weave contains a drawer and pullout surface in red lacquer - a genuine must-have


6. 4. Gervasoni breaks down the barriers between indoor and out with the coffee table/ottoman Inout 44 in pois or striped ceramic. 5. The Tiway chaise longue with in leather-upholstered wooden body, quilted cushioning and chromed finishing. Designed by Steve Leung for Visionnaire




YD 1. UnopiĂš makes the embracing shape of the Mamy sunbed, without a supporting frame, just using hand-woven WaProLace synthetic fibre 1.

2. Kartell presents a new print for the Madame sofa by Emilio Pucci, dedicated


to the city of Shanghai. 3. Give your yacht with a light-hearted touch by furnishing it with Missoniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ottoman from the Recife collection (with print on watercolour floral print on damina lurex)





4 . Flexform nterprets the bench concept by combining the metal frame with a woven leather seat. 5. Poliform in 2015 adds a number of elements to its Mad collection (armchairs, chaise longues, chairs and


tables), all featuring generous dimensions and soft volumes; photo, coffee table. 6. Barovier&Toso spotlight the glassmaking skills and traditions of Murano with Perseus, a chandelier with a free combination of shapes and chrome elements while retaining the designâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s harmony. 7. Paola Lenti uses plain or two-colour Rope yarn tresses to create the made-to-measure Ray carpet



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An unusual 66-metre with a dual personality. The product of design maestro Espen Øino’s creative genius, the artistic talents of Reymond Langton Design and the Lürssen shipyard’s renowned construction prowess. A unique achievement by Désirée Sormani and Mary Hegarty pictures by Klaus Jordan and Guillaume Plisson


ster is a stunning grand dame of the sea with a dual personality

the main deck to do away with any freeboard issues during launch

that makes her quite unique. This is a yacht full of surprises

/retrieval. The bespoke tender was designed by Øino himself to

– all pleasant. Stretching a graceful 66 metres, Ester III has a

mirror Ester III’s overall aesthetic. Built by Windy Boats in Sweden,

very powerful profile that makes her instantly recognisable. We have

it has custom upholstery and fittings by Hermès. The yacht’s deck

Espen Øino to thank for those geometries which he penned to mirror

spaces will be used for a mix of meetings, entertaining and meals

the personality of the owner (a close personal friend) and the heritage

with friends and family on an ongoing basis. The family loves good

of the Lürssen yard that built her. Ester’s exteriors are dominated by

food, entertaining and eating in large groups so the top deck has a

large, often full-height, windows which draw in sunlight and allow

barbecue and teppanyaki grill in the al fresco galley which doubles

guests feast their eyes on the passing seascape. This feature together

as a bar. There is also an outdoor cinema and a full-blown disco

with Ester’s vertical bow and the rather angular design of the topsides

as well as golfing amenities.

and superstructure surfaces lend her quite a macho character. A

her dual personality. It is very different to her exterior but does not

quick glance at her exterior floor plan speaks volumes about her

clash with it. The theme is French Classical to which British studio

owner’s ambitions too: she boasts a surprisingly large pool for a craft

Reymond Langton Design has brought an authentic contemporary

of her dimensions and a helicopter platform atop the wheelhouse, to

interpretation. The lobby is dominated by a circular glass lift around

allow him and his family come and go without interfering with life

which curves the main stairs featuring incredible hand-carved leather

on the aft decks. Equally, the tender garage is located forward on

artwork created by specialist furniture manufacturers, Silverlining.

Ester III’s interior reveals more of

Above: the cockpit on the upper deck is fitted out, like all Ester III’s al fresco areas, by Sabrina Montecarlo. Right: the three decks that the exterior communal areas cover and the yacht’s unusual angular design, which is highlighted by a two-tone colour scheme



A view of the enormous (for a 66-metre) pool, which has one entirely glass wall facing the sea, with a jet flow and a waterfall running down to the bathing platform where the water flows into a teak grating. The perfect place to relax, cool off and just watch the natural world float by


to the lower guest accommodation comprising five cabins which are individually tailored to specific schemes and have with floor-to-ceiling windows. Each is also decorated with bespoke fabric artworks that extend from the headboards to the ceiling. The owner’s suite is forward on the main deck. Full-beam, its ceilings are an airy 2.4 metres high. It is accessed through a private study and has its own lobby off which open his and hers dressing rooms. The stateroom itself is a wonderfully indulgent retreat with sumptuous Avodire wood, gold leaf and bronze detailing complementing thick silk carpets by OT Carpets. The furnishings are classical in style and, like all the decorative detailing, designed by the English studio to be custom-made by the yard’s craftsmen. The bathrooms are a triumph of various kinds of onyx too. The luxurious saloon on the main deck has three different areas: the lounge, a more intimate central seating group by an ethanol-fuelled fireplace and a dining area which is swathed in an Amboyna-framed fabric artwork to create a light, romantic atmosphere. The Bridge Deck has a very bright, airy sky lounge with oversize windows and sliding doors onto the aft deck. Comfortable sofas and a TV tucked away behind marquetry panels make it perfect for simply chilling after a long day’s sunbathing and swimming. The Assyrian-influenced spa on the lower deck is calming and rejuvenating with mosaic inlays and a dramatic full -size wall relief carved in stone.


Left: Avodire wood, gold leaf and bronze detailing complement thick silk carpets and ornately detailed classic furniture. The interior designer says this is â&#x20AC;&#x153;the ultimate expression of the luxuriant style that defines the yacht. Below: a view of the main saloon. Opposite page: top, the fireplace in the saloon. Below, the hand-carved leather artworks in the stairwell



The Naval Architect Espen Øino



hat made the story of Ester III a bit unusual was the fact

I did that but I also made sure the owners’ character and Lürssen’s

that the clients and their family are good personal friends.

own strong heritage were reflected by identifying the owners’

So this wasn’t a regular client/designer relationship, in other

needs and requirements very clearly. The layout does reflect the

words. For me personally, this meant both an opportunity and

fact that the family will spend a lot of time on the yacht. The deck

a risk. It was an opportunity because I would clearly have the

in particular will be used very intensively for eating, entertaining

client’s ear for designing something truly unique but it was also a

and meetings. Food and hospitality are a big thing for the family

risk because it might potentially put the friendship under severe

and there is a barbecue and teppanaki-fitted open-air kitchen on

strain. The latter became a real possibility as the client quickly

the top deck. To my mind, Ester III’s most impressive features are

adopted a very hands-off approach once the brief and conceptual

her large windows, the two-tone colour scheme and the angular

design had been defined. More and more frequently, the owner

design. I suppose what I liked most about the project was that it

would say “Just do it as if the yacht was for you, Espen…….!”

was a real blank page design.

Pictured here: naval architect Espen Ă&#x2DC;ino. Below: a profile view featuring the spectacular use of glazing aboard. Opposite page: angular geometries really do make Ester III quite unique



he owner’s brief was that he wanted an exceptional yacht for his family that would be elegant sophisticated and, above all,

comfortable. He and his wife were closely involved as this was very much a family project. Both have very good visual awareness and a great understanding of detail and colour too. The French classical bias of the design followed from a style that they presently live and are comfortable with. We then developed the Assyrian influence at the owner’s request. The contrast between the exterior and interior really enhances the uniqueness of the yacht, I think. We designed the whole of the interior, however. Nearly all the furniture was specially designed, with Silverlining producing the majority, including the main staircase artwork, the bathroom vanities and decorative panels and 99 per cent of the loose furniture. Sabina Fay Braxton produced all of the custom handmade fabrics and fabric artwork panels. I have to say that her attention to detail and quality are second to none, and definitely enhanced the decor. So much intricate detailing means there are layers that are not obvious at first glance, but all the elements are in harmony. The Spa, for example, has four specially commissioned mosaics panels and floor by company DKT. These alone took a team of eight people nine months to complete. Design-wise, the word’s I’d use to describe Ester III would be comfortable, detailed, quality and home. She is completely unique. 

The Interior Designers Reymond Langton Design


Above: the Spa with Assyrian influences. Below: left, a render of the Ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suite (below, a detail). Opposite page: Pascale Reymond (left) and Jason Macaree


The Owner Representative


he client wanted to build his yacht at the best place he could find, and he found Lürssen.

My ambition was to build this yacht the right way and to exceed the owner’s expectation of what a real family boat is. I wanted to help create the home-from-home family wanted. So Ester III is the result of great teamwork and one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Plus she looks damn sexy!


The Shipyard Michael Breman, Sales Director


hat I like most is that this is a very masculine yacht with very strong features yet it manages

to achieve an almost timeless elegance. It has very innovative looks and some of the technical outfitting, although standard on a Lürssen, would be unusual on other yachts. We enjoyed an excellent relationship with the owner and his family. We met them through the designer Espen Øino and had the pleasure of meeting them many times as the owner was very closely involved in the process. We had already worked with both EOI and Reymond Langton several times and we had always had an excellent relationship. They are real professionals in their fields and that makes them a pleasure to work with. I suppose every yacht we build is like child that we will cherish our whole life. But it wasn’t all plain sailing as the shapes of the yacht look easier to build than they are and some very sophisticated elements in the interior decoration gave our staff sleepless nights before they finally came up with a solution.




The speed of a jet and the fun of a sportplane. The TBM 850 is surprisingly easy to manage and can land almost anywhere, as it needs only a short runway by Sergio A. Barlocchetti - Pictures: courtesy by Dassault

[ FLY ]


t’s obviously not a twin-jet craft, but if you’re

flight crew. The TBM can whisk passengers even to small airports,

looking for a plane to use for business or travelling

taking advantage of a versatility that few other aircraft can offer. In

from place to place while still being fun to fly,

practice it’s possible to take off from Cannes or Saint Tropez and

one that carries six people, is as fast as a jet and, most importantly,

land at Paris La Ferté, Milano Bresso, Venezia Lido or Roma Urbe, as

can land anywhere because it only needs a short runway, then the

well as the romantic grass airstrips provided by many Tuscan resorts

Daher TBM 900 is what you’re looking for. This aircraft is the digital

(, for example), landing with the ease and safety of a

descendant of a thoroughbred family - the TBM 700 and the 850, with

tourist jet. What this means in figures is that at half-load the TBM

300 examples of both produced.

900 takes off in 500 metres and lands in 250, and when cruising it

At 850 hp it’s the most powerful version of a classic that has notched

will fly at over 600 km/h for 2,600 km with an operational ceiling

up 1.3 million air miles, providing great satisfaction to its owners. The

of 31,000 feet (9,400 metres).

cabin, with a baggage hatch big enough for a motorbike, features six

And if owners want to keep an eye on consumption, then a speed of

seats in a club layout or with the second row facing the tail.

290 km/h will provide a range of 3,140 km.

There is also a courtesy table, and the interior materials and finishings

On the TBM 900 metal has been replaced by advanced composites

offer a range of personalisation options. When at the controls you are

in 25 per cent of the structure, the prop is of a new type and the

struck by the speed, limited consumption and by just how easy this

instrumentation, based on the Garmin G1000 digital platform, is as

plane is to fly - it’s designed for owner-pilots and not a professional

user-friendly as an iPad.

In these pictures: the TBM 850 the beauty of its exterior design and interior details. This is a high performance aircraft when cruising it will fly at over 600 km/h for 2,600 km with an operational ceiling of 31,000 feet (9,400 metres)


The pressurisation system is automatic and the seats at the back of the fuselage can be removed to create more luggage space. In practice, if you feel like flying the plane yourself and are fully qualified to do so (although the plane is actually powered by a turboprop engine), it can be managed individually. This includes the simple calculations to verify weight and trim with three people on board and enough fuel for two hoursâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; flight, the total weight is around 3.1 tonnes, which is also an advantage when it comes to paying landing fees, parking fees and refuelling charges. The cost is under four million euro.

When at the controls you are struck by the speed, low consumption and by just how easy it is to fly - itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s designed for owner-pilots and not a professional flight crew

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[ The CAR ]

The Asterion is the latest car to roll out from the Lamborghini workshops, and is the only example of a hybrid that can also travel under electric power alone. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real Lambo - just put your foot on the gas and feel its 910 horsepower take chargeon

by Paolo Gavazzi




[ The CAR ]


ome gemstones, we know, are unique. Take,

But let’s get back to our sapphire, unique, as we

Its lines are wonderfully

for example, the latest sparkling sapphire

said, because at the moment only the prototype

soft, something new

to be brought out into the sunlight from deep

exists. It’s a sort of demonstrator, or rather a

in a product from the

inside the Lamborghini mines in Italy’s Emilia

show of strength by the Lamborghini labs. It

Lamborghini stable, but

region. A jewel of incalculable value, for many

was presented to the public a few months ago

inside no effort has been

reasons. The first is that the Lamborghini

at the Paris Motor Show, and of course it drew

spared to express the car’s

brand is one of the finest expressions of high

admiring looks from all sides. It is, in fact, an

character - hence the Star

technology for the world power that is the

arrogantly superb display of all Lamborghini’s

Wars-style instrumentation.

Audi-Volkswagen group - the others being

design and technological flair.

the Bugatti brand, even more exclusive but

It also confirms the company’s now generally-

between zero-emissions

with a much smaller impact on production,

recognised expertise in the application of

operation (electric only),

and Audi’s race division, which for years has

carbon fibre. This material is flexible and

hybrid or petrol-only

produced cars that win gruelling races like the

ultralight, enabling the designers to keep weight

Le Mans 24 hours. There is a fourth name,

down - this means better performance or, if

one associated with the motorbiking world -

you prefer, lower consumption, if that is ever

Ducati, another proud Italian brand taken over

a priority for Lambo drivers. On the Asterion,

by the German group.

everything is carbon fibre. But now


The driver can choose

[ The CAR ]

Lamborghini’s engineers

we come to the car’s most impressive feature,

motors, which reaches the not insignificant level

have once again shown

its hybrid propulsion. The vehicle is powered by

of 910 hp!

their skill in manipulating

a 10-cylinder, 5.2 l. engine (petrol, of course).

From the stylistic point of view, it’s clearly a

refined materials like

This is linked to three battery-powered electric

Lamborghini - and clearly something new.

carbon fibre to reduce

motors - one feeds energy to other two, which

Its lines are no longer taut and the angles are

the car’s overall weight.

turn the front wheels and transform the

not as sharp as we have become used to on

Asterion into an all-wheel-drive GT.

the brand’s creations over the last 15 highly

The transparent bonnet is a real attention-grabber,

To sum up, it can drive in the city at 50 km

successful years. Here there’s a sort of extreme

as its hexagonal windows

powered only by the electric motors - but people

essentiality, a softer edge, that adds a seductive


change orientation

who buy Lambos do so because they want to

appeal to the stylistic result.

according to the power

make the thing move, so although it has limited

At this point we should drop our opening

source in use

emissions (98 g. of CO2 per kilometre, more

metaphor and clear things up once and for all

like a Smart car), put your foot well down on

- Asterion is the name of the Minotaur, half-

the throttle and the car leaps off, reaching 100

man, half-bull, a famous creature in Greek

kph in three seconds, almost matching F1-style

mythology and mentioned by Dante in his

acceleration. This performance is down to the

Divine Comedy. So, not a precious stone - it’s a

combined power generated by the engines and

beast that inspires fear.

w w w.f l o a t i n g l i f e . c o m






by Désirée Sormani - pictures by Stefano Triulzi




uca Dini’s passion shines through even in his earliest meetings with his clients. Because he has one goal and one goal only: to turn the things he feels and experiences in his head into reality. “To be a good designer you don’t just need to have a certain kind of sensibility, it also demands responsibility,” the Florence-based designer told us from his studio in the heart of the old town. “If whatever it is you’re designing is not absolutely spot on, you’re not only running the risk of hurting the people who buy it but also all those involved in its creation. The nautical sector is a system.” Dini’s pen produces yachts beloved by owners and yards alike. “I am designing for Mondomarine MC, Admiral and Benetti. In the last couple of days, we’ve announced

the start of a partnership with the Cantieri di Pisa (recently acquired by Mondomarine MC) to design the new Akhir line as well as do some restyling of its older models. I try to enhance the family feeling of each brand but with my own personal twist.” A slew of recent launches attest to this: the Admirals

Above: a design sketch for the

now have a more military look to them while the

60-metre by Luca Dini now in build at

Benettis are more classic. Both are Dini signatures.

Mondomarine MC. Top and opposite

The Florentine designer likes to pick and choose

page: renderings of interiors featuring

from other areas of design. “I am a curious kind of

onyx and marble, and the unusual

guy and I love car design because there’s so much

Formental hand-painted silk wallpaper

research there. Aviation is very exciting too – it’s quite

for the headrests in the cabins. Stefano

close to our sector now. I’m also interested in hotels

Ricci also had a hand in the décor

and spas. Again, there’s huge affinity with yachting. Designer furniture from the big names has also made



[ CREATIVE MINDS ] This rendering: the all-aluminium 60-metre’s powerful, sporty appeal is underscored by a dark grey hull and pale grey superstructure. Below: Italian designer Luca Dini

sometimes we’ll ask craftspeople to make us a bespoke piece.” Residential interiors similarly provide plenty of inspiration. “Think marble and onyx. Technology and advances mean we can now use elements on yachts nthat would previously have been unthinkable.”

A case in

point is the 60-metre Dini designed for Mondomarine MC (now in build). “The focus was on the relaxation and spa areas where we used special salt walls, like in a luxury spa, and also backlit onyx. All the cabins have headrests made with hand-painted silk wallpaper by Fromental.” On the 60-metre’s exterior, aluminium lends a sporty, powerful appeal underscored by a dark grey hull and pale grey superstructure. For the first time, guests can also access the forward area under the bridge through the sun deck. “These are generally two very separate areas but here they communicate via a stairs on the starboard side, creating a kind of split-level lounge.” The skylights on every deck are also intriguing: “They are a metre long each and let light filter down into spaces below.” There is even a nine-metre L-shaped swimming pool – one section has hydromassage and the other a current for swimming against. French lighting designer Hervée Descottes also intends to create impactful, stagey effects. “The owner wanted that to add an extra touch of individuality.”


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Laura Pomponi clothes the world’s most luxurious yachts focusing on light, refined materials and exclusive techniques, taking her inspiration from the people and traditions of the nations she visits. She embraces her work with the enthusiasm of a person with a huge passion for her profession

LUXURY PROJECTS by Marta Bernasconi


er designs may well sail the world’s seas but she herself spends most of her time in the air. An incredibly busy woman, Laura Pomponi divides her time between her studios in Ancona and Viareggio and the

yards she works for around the globe. That said she is a very sociable person with a love of good conversation. The founder and driving force behind Studio Luxury Projects adds: “Being an engineer means that I tackle complex projects in quite a structured way but a great part of the pleasure I get from my work comes from




he creative side and the human relationships that develop from it.” The interior decorator is now hugely successful internationally: her

extremely Italian talent for creating sublimely refined ambiences through the use of exclusive materials and techniques has won her a slew of awards. “To us, researching and experimenting with innovative materials is a prerogative that is always closely related to lighting design which is something we place a lot of store by. Those really are the cornerstones of our work even though every single project is the product of a unique journey that starts with the client and their emotional involvement, and is fuelled by the crossover of styles, cultures and nationalities from my personal and professional background.” However, Laura Pomponi rarely uses the first person singular when taking about her work for a clientele that hails from all over: Russian, the United States, the Middle East. “The team is essential to me. It just wouldn’t be possible to work any other way or to drive projects so genuinely challenging, forward. Examples of what I mean are the Egyptian-style refit of a 60-metre we’ve just finished, two new designs for a 58-metre and a 33-metre in Northern Europe and also another project I’m very enthusiastic about: an ultra-feminine 70-metre!” Laura Pomponi’s approach to design, which she sees as a rigorous profession that also happens to creative and fun, goes a long way towards explaining her as a person.


Top: the beach area inspired by a real spa concept. Above, the forward VIP cabin on the Cantiere delle Marche’s MY Yolo. Facing page: above, the dining room on the Route 66. Bottom, left: the forward sunning area on the Cantiere delle Marche’s MY Yolo. Unique lighting and backlit biminis create a relaxed ambience. Right, Laura Pomponi with samples of the materials she uses. Opening page: the main deck saloon of the 66-metre ISA Route.



Escapade A fabulous, sleek 37.5-metre fast cruising sloop with all the glamour and technical expertise you could wish for. Designed by Ed Dubois, with the interior by Design Unlimited, she is unfortunately the last yacht ever to be launched by Fitzroy Yachts in New Zealand by Heather Prentice pictures by Andrea Francolini and Chris Lewis




spectacularly beautiful yacht that has all the style,

give the owners more space and a fourth cabin that could also

glamour, technical sophistication, and more, that you

be used as a day room or classroom for their son’s schooling.

would expect from her pedigree design and build. Escapade is

Both sides of the cockpit can be encased by curved glass sliding

an all-aluminium, fast cruising sloop with a fixed keel designed

windows, allowing protection from the elements. Escapade is the

for sailing around the world. She was built in New Zealand by

first yacht of her size to feature solid carbon aerofoil rigging (Hall

Fitzroy Yachts and launched last year for an experienced owner

Spars), giving reduced wind resistance. She sails comfortably at

who is already enjoying an extended cruise with his family,

11-12 knots in moderate breezes and accelerates easily to 13-14

sailing her back to Europe over a couple of years with many

knots when the wind picks up.

exciting stopovers. Unfortunately, Escapade was also the last

The stunning, contemporary interior is by Design Unlimited

yacht to be launched by Fitzroy Yachts, which went bankrupt

and has many charming, eclectic touches, notably an influence

during her construction and had to be bailed out by the owner.

from Malaysia, where the family has spent a lot of time. Indeed,

However, the exceptionally fine quality of Escapade’s build and

the yacht focuses its interior atmosphere on one of the family’s

craftsmanship is at least a fitting legacy.

favourite holiday places, the Datai Hotel in Langkawi, Malaysia.

Escapade’s beautiful, long, sleek exterior lines are by Dubois

There are three main types of wood throughout: bleached

Naval Architects and highlight her sailing prowess. A fixed

Above: the cockpit with stylish red seating.

bimini blends effortlessly into the exterior lines. Her colour

The fixed bimini was one of the key features

scheme is also striking indeed with a metallic champagne hull,

requested by the owner. Right: an aerial view

chosen to match the colour of the owner’s Bentley, black carbon

of the cockpit: the streamline bimini blends in

mast and rigging, grey sails and red cockpit seating. A fully

perfectly with the yacht’s lines. The entire cockpit

custom yacht, Escapade stretched from the original design of 33

area can be encased by sliding glass windows to

metres to her final length of 37.5 metres, 8.5 metres abeam, to

protect you from the elements

oak, walnut and Merbau, which naturally darkens over time, for the floor. The fittings are in nickel and traditional stones are used. The most stunning example is the beautiful back-lit bar which greets you in the main saloon, featuring agate set in a translucent resin. Hand-crafted teak carvings and works of art carefully selected from around the world, emphasise the links to Asia and the sea. There are also handwoven Songket silk panels featuring on the doors of all the guest cabins. The craftsmanship aboard is second to none, with all the furniture custom -designed by Design Unlimited. The only exception is the “Chaise requin” stainless steel chair sculpture by Guillaume Piechaud in the master suite. A host of beautifully designed materials contribute to the relaxed feeling aboard. The portlight surrounds are lined in Jim Thompson Thai Silk, the headboards are in Spinneybeck leather, the berth surrounds in Edelman leather and an Oliver Treutlein Bamboo Yarn carpet graces the floor. Heirlooms bed linen and scatter cushions by Jim Thompson, Pollack and Brentano add to the luxurious feel. Overhead, the atmospheric lighting is by Savage Marine, Cantalupi and BCM illuminazione with the reading lights by Beadlight and the blinds by Oceanair. Each of the four cabins (housing a maximum of 10 guests) has its own colour scheme that also features in the marble of the ensuite bathroom, with shower fittings by Dornbracht. There are many beautiful details, one example being the hemp-patterned metal handles, made by Haute Deco, that feature on the doors in the guest areas. The name Escapade is linked to the owner’s company name. One can only imagine what pure joy it must be to sail a yacht as carefree and exciting as her name.

Left: The tremendous 1,000 sq metre gennaker in black with the yacht’s logo on it in a champagne colour to match the hull. Opposite: top, the main saloon with the area to port converted into a dining arrangement; below: the hallway of the lower deck


The forward lounging area with the tender garage converted into a Jacuzzi is the best place where you can relax and have good time


The Owner / The Shipyard s our plan was to do a RTW trip with the family over


the house. We are very satisfied with the result that greatly

two to three years, we wanted an extremely reliable,

contributes to her beautiful line.

safe and luxurious yacht with all facilities, yet with excellent

Of the features we like most aboard, we love our bar with

fast cruising/sailing performances on board which we will

backlit agate front panels, and not only for what is inside, we

feel very conformable, at home and will be able to host

love the type and quality of material used and in particular

friends joining us. We wanted an interior that was calming

the door panels made of Malaysian hand woven Songket and

and having a resort-like atmosphere. One of the biggest

the en suite marble matching the colour scheme of each cabin.

feelings we wanted to recreate is our favourite holiday resort

The very functional and yet beautifully appointed galley. The

where we have spent a lot of family holidays and that is the

aft deck sunbeds that can convert into an aperitif or disco area

Datai Hotel in Langkawi, Malaysia. We are very pleased

c/w disco ball built in the boom One of the reasons that we

with her look and in particular her stunning exterior colour

chose to build in New Zealand was the idea that we would

scheme. The Champagne hull, black mullion and carbon rig

have to sail her back to Europe and we decided that we wuold

and red seats. A key point of our brief was that we specified

do it slowly and live on board during those two or three years.

a hard bimini with powered side windows in glass. We

Our eight-year-old son is sailing with us and has a tutor for his

wanted a bimini that was perfectly integrated in the line of

schooling in what he has named “Escapade School”. We have

the yacht with its windshield at similar angle as the one of

been sailing mainly in South East Asia during the last year. This year we will be in the South Pacific islands making our way to Tahiti by the end of the year. Next year hopefully we will sail down to Chile stopping in the Pitcairn and Easter Islands on the way. We then will cross the Cape Horn and then plan to spend Christmas in Buenos Aires and New Year 2017 in Punta del’Este before making our way up the South American coast and to the Caribbean for the Saint Barth’s Bucket. We will cross to the Med for the summer season of 2017.


The Interior Designer Mark Tucker, Design Unlimited


he Escapade project was a wonderfully detailed and exacting project for our studio team,

requiring an in-depth understanding of the owner’s vision. We worked very closely with the whole family during each stage of the design development, spending time both at base and during travels to form a clear picture of how they wished to use their yacht and the styling cues that were close to their hearts. Agreeing a headline brief in the early stages was a good measure of expectations, after the first round of in-depth discussion we all settled upon a “Contemporary eclectic interior with Malaysian influences”. The timeless and calming interior will offer a sanctuary for family relaxation during extended sailing trips. The subtle underlying tones within the final Design Unlimited style were carefully selected as the backdrop to enhance the exotic zing of the Malaysian touches. The final result was achieved using traditional materials including hand-woven Songket silk panels, hand-crafted teak carvings and a Merbau timber floor which naturally darkens


over time. A clear link to nature was high on the priority list. The use of individually selected stones including Verde Bamboo, Wild Chianti and Agate mineral brings the feel of natural materials alive in the statement features throughout the interior. Bold and exciting artwork from the owner’s private collection works in harmony with the fundamental elements from the style, adding the desired “dénouement” to this modern and inspiring yacht.

A series of sketches (and, centre, the reality) of the master stateroom with ensuite, open-plan bathroom. Contemporary eclectic with Malaysian influences was the selected style (carpet are by Oliver Treutlein and bed linen by Heirlooms). The timeless and calming interior offers a sanctuary for family relaxation during extended sailing trips


The Naval Architect Ed Dubois


he owner of Escapade wanted a thoroughly seaworthy, fast and comfortable world-cruising yacht that should also be

stylish both externally and internally. He had seen many Dubois designs and liked them all. He came to our Dubois Cup event in Sardinia, in 2011, and I think it was this that made him decide to use us as designers. Three months later, he signed a design contract with me at the Monaco Boat Show (September 2011). A special feature was the fixed bimini – something which we are doing regularly now – but which received special attention with regard to its streamlining, as it did, for example, on Ganesha – a design produced during the same period as Escapade and somewhat longer at 46m. We became aware of Fitzroy’s lack of future work towards the end of the project but I must stress that at no time did we feel it impinged on the quality of the product. Far from it in fact; we felt that the workforce, while knowing that they had no yacht coming up behind them and that they may be out of a job, were wonderfully motivated to make sure that their handywork received the very best commendation when the yacht was seen around the world. This is true for all the best boat builders – they are wonderfully gifted craftsmen and have total integrity. The construction completion may have been delayed a little but it was not a factor in the yacht’s programme. One of the main exterior design traits of Escapade was the Dubois look of wrap around screen which gives excellent visibility and aerodynamic efficiency and also the combination of how the cockpit coaming joins into the superstructure. This “haunch” look works well, we believe, giving “movement” to the superstructure and also being echoed in the shape of the bimini. We also believe that the colour of Escapade – chosen by the owner – and of a metallic gold - is very effective. We are particularly pleased with Escapade’s overall appearance; we believe she looks purposeful, streamlined, well-proportioned and elegant.

An aerial view of Escapade showing her classic, beautiful lines by Ed Dubois. The logo on the black gennaker is made up of the first and last initials of her name






The Italian Sea Group has scattered a spectacular art collection through its new corporate headquarters. A collection of painting and sculpture that changes with the seasons much to the delight of the owners, designers and architects passing through. Curator Laura Giugiaro tell us all by Antonella Euli


ontamination is the keyword of this project created with architect Gian Marco Campanino. A project that opens the beautiful new management and operational

offices of the Italian Sea Group to the worlds of art, design, good food and Italian excellence as a whole. This is something very new in the normally-conservative marine sector. In fact, the Italian Sea Group is the first company to go down a route thus far explored only by international fashion brands. That said, the move far from being a cynical strategic marketing ploy, simply seemed a completely natural and logical choice to both chairman Giovanni Costantino and the designer. Their reasoning was simple: they wanted to offer clients, suppliers and visitors to their headquarters a full-immersion experience of the Italian lifestyle as well as an introduction to the Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own work. The entire area flows between dedicated but communicating spaces that mark out of a freeform route that traverses areas differing in style and function. Underpinning it all is a sense of contamination or crossover between work and reception spaces (these include private and open meeting rooms, communal areas, bar and restaurant areas, the art gallery areas and a virtual cinema room, to name but a few). The idea is that a stimulating environment is of pivotal importance to anyone working in a sector that melds technical Courtesy of The Italian Sea Group

precision with pure creativity. Both, of course, demand an open mind and innovative


ideas. The Italian Sea Group describes concepts around which its

Formally and compositionally, it is incredibly pure and clean. This

new headquarters revolves as Art, Design, Artisan High Quality,

environment now plays host to what Le Corbusier referred to as

Food Experience. The starting point for the project was Italian

“objets à réaction poétique”, strongly contrasting elements that

cultural heritage, albeit reinterpreted to some extent in a much

are unexpected but only seem out of place at first glance. These

broader, more international context. The stunningly beautiful

“poetic objects” are elegantly presented and make reference to past

interiors of the new headquarters are basically the architectural

eras and styles. Also finding a home in the lovely surroundings is

manifestation of what the Italian Sea Group does every single day

the Collezione d’Arte, a project curated by Laura Giugiaro which

with the yachts it builds: it uses a combination of luxury, natural

is essentially a collection of sculptures and paintings that is added

and a high tech materials to interpret the incredibly diverse tastes

to, evolved and changed with the passing seasons. The pieces

and requirements of its clients who hail from all over the world,

are presented to owners, designers and architects as a source of

mixing them and crafting them with meticulous attention to detail.

inspiration and aesthetic balm for the soul. We spoke to Laura

The interior is very much a neutral box with minimalist lines.

Giugiaro and asked her to tell us more…

[ ART ON BOARD ] These shots, the interior of the Italian Sea Group’s Art Gallery. The idea behind the concept is to offer clients, suppliers and visitors a

Courtesy of The Italian Sea Group

complete experience of the world-renowned Italian lifestyle alongside the Group’s core businesses

Ms. Giugiaro, is art a family passion for the Giugiaros?

It is and it always has been but this particular formula developed more in the Costantino family, I have to say. Please, tell us something about the artworks and the artists. All of the works express big emotions and symbolise Italian artisanal skill because, even though there are some sculptures by non-Italians, most were made in the area around the yard! We’re exhibiting them because we like looking at them and also to draw the people visiting the yard into a world of culture and dreams.” This is a collection driven by terroir, local skills and products of excellence: the use of bronze, marble and the long and virtuous artisanal tradition. There are also plenty of pieces by internationally renowned artists who are based on this area of the Italian coast and who accepted our invitation to exhibit their work at the Italian

Sea Group’s headquarters. Are these works there only temporarily or are they part of your private collection? Some – and we won’t say which – do belong to us, others are there for three/six months at a time. What does patronage of the arts means nowadays? “You would have to ask people that do it professionally. We don’t claim to be patrons of the arts. We simply like sharing a little beauty.” What are your plans for the future? “In terms of art, we’ll be adding new pieces in the autumn of a very different kind from those at the headquarters right now. And we’ll invite you to come see them and get a taste of our energy! It’s something that’s needed these days!



Hospitality is a question of style by Marta Bernasconi

A style where aesthetics is important and expertise essential. The table - interpreted here by Italian brand Stefano Ricci - is at the heart of a wider view of hospitality, where guests are the focus of attention

he “table setting” concept came into being when food became a pleasure rather than a necessity the idea is simply a collection of recommendations to enhance the quality of our lives and establish a warmth and care in social interaction that goes beyond mere consumption. The literary masterpiece “Galateo overo de’ costumi”, a 16thcentury guide to etiquette by Monsignor Giovanni Della Casa, is a rich source of information in this field. Since that time the subject has remained a cause of debate among connoisseurs and gourmands, although points of view have, of course, evolved in line with changing times and habits. In general there are no strict, immutable rules nowadays. Except one - guests must feel at ease. This is even more important in highly prestigious surroundings like a plush restaurant or a yacht, places where high expectations cannot only be fulfilled by superficial perfection. You may use fine porcelain, glittering crystal and precious silver, but if the service is rude, the room is too hot or cold, the chairs uncomfortable and the menu unsuitable for the occasion, then the overall impression of the meal will be a negative one.

Gold Royal Leaves crystal goblets (red wine, white wine, water), decorated with 14kt gold. Fine Paisley and Royal Paisley gold porcelain plates. Fine Paisley gold porcelain elephants. Satin cutlery in 925 silver, gilded with 24kt gold




Page to left. Vasari plates, cups and small plates with details in 98 per cent platinum. Elisabeth cashmere cutlery in 925 silver with hand-engraved decorative motif. This page, inspiration from the ocean depths for a trio of decorative objects - the Octopus candleholder for five candles, the sea turtle with silk effect details and the Lobster. All in 925 silver, all handmade

A successful dinner is the result of a whole series

its range to furnishings, launching its “Royal Suite

of decisions!

Collection” in 2009. The result is a series of iconic pieces,

What makes the real difference is the host or yacht owner’s

a home collection that applies patterns from the Florentine

ability to make guests feel comfortable.

brand’s most famous prints to the finest porcelain, crystal

Now we come back to our discussion of style and Stefano

and silk. In 2015 Royal Suite Collection presents the

Ricci, a brand recognised throughout the world as an

Vasari collection, with precious platinum finishings. Two

embodiment of the finest Made in Italy values - high

versions are available, in white and Ricci Blue. Here we

quality materials, select details, skilful artisanal production

present a selection of the Stefano Ricci style, a mix of class

and an original creative heritage. Known in the 1970s as a

and elegance, enlivened by refined touches of eccentricity.

fashion brand, in recent years the company has extended




thread of logic

This is what Leonardo Marongiu does in life and in the kitchen. His cuisine is harmonious and linear. For onboard dining, he suggests a light, summery version of the classic Cappon Magro by Gaia Grassi


eonardo Marongiu is a man with the sea in his blood. He grew up in Sardinia but is now executive chef at the famous waterfront restaurant, Bris, at Portopiccolo Sistiana, near

Trieste, on the mainland. His cooking reflects his links to the sea and his island heritage. “I was actually born in Milan but my family moved to Sardinia when I was two. My mother is Sicilian and former cook, my dad is Sardinian, so I feel like I’m the child of two islands….” He tells us. “I have a very deep respect for the sea and coastal nature always moves me. But Sardinia is very much my home: it is always part of me and I feel it reflects my character.” The island pops up again and again on the menu at Bris. One dish, for example, is based on fregola, a couscous-like pasta from Sardinia, and red scorpion fish with the fregola used to represent the sand and pebbles of the seafloor. Even the name Bris refers to the sextant developed by Sven Yrvind: “Just like the sextant, our dishes always cover two points: nature and man, terroir and innovation, Mittel Europa and the Mediterranean. When I cook, I always try to follow a linear and harmonious thread of logic.”




The summer version of Cappon Magro uses fresh, seasonal ingredients. The chef serves this dish with an equally delicious wine: the delightfully persuasive Adelchi Ribolla Gialla from Venica & Venica

But how would Leonardo Marongiu apply that to cooking aboard a yacht? “Easy. I would do a summery version of Cappon Magro. A very, very light dish. The base is hard tack (crackers used at sea – ed) soaked in water and vinegar with boiled vegetables (green beans, beetroot), mushrooms in oil and steamed and raw fish (white fish, prawns, shrimp, raw oysters and lobster medallions). Then you dress the whole thing with salsa verde. You serve Cappon Magro at room temperature - it’s essentially a seafood salad. I lay it all out in on a large flat dish for sharing. It’s great for lunch or dinner when the whole crew are sitting down to eat because everyone just helps themselves,” Marongiu says enthusiastically. “It has to be one of the most sumptuous of all Italian dishes and it comes from the Ligurian maritime tradition.” It’s also a choice that reveals much about the chef’s background. The ingredients must all be absolutely fresh and are, of course, totally seasonal too. “I feel that it is absolutely essential to respect the ingredients nature offers us with the changing seasons,” he concludes Lastly, a dish of this import deserves an equally exquisite wine. Chef Marongiu recommends L’Adelchi Ribolla Gialla from Venica & Venica, which has a soft, seductive bouquet with woody, acacia, chestnut and oaky undertones.


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Asya A dramatic, new 47-metre by Heesen Yachts. The restyled contemporary exterior design by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects complements the beautiful, harmonious interior with a Far Eastern feel by Bannenberg & Rowell by Heather Prentice - pictures by David Churchill




stunning, graceful, predatory lady, Asya is a yacht to be reckoned

Ando, the interior has a calm, restful, Far Eastern

with. With a dramatic profile, she gives the impression of

feel and focuses on the purity of a combination

continuous forward motion as if straining to be off. Her interior is a

of form and function. The working title for the

haven of purity and calm, a shimmering, sensual place that is a wonder

interior was Hé, which in Chinese means harmony.

to relax in. Asya has all the mystery and charm of a great doyenne.

The materials were chosen for their restful feel

Custom built by pedigree Dutch yard Heesen Yachts on a tested

and contrast light and dark woods with mid-gloss

platform, Asya is the second 47-metre yacht to undergo a significant

lacquer, silks, bronze and polished stainless steel

restyling. The first, Elena, won the World Superyacht Awards this year.

accents. The main woods throughout are silver

Frank Laupman of Omega Architects has designed more contemporary

grey oak, Macassar ebony for the furniture and

external lines, with a sharp Pelican bow and streamline superstructure

bleached white oak and American black walnut

in black and white. He drew Asya with more body to the exterior to

for the wall timbers. Much of the furniture,

make her look bolder, as well as giving her cleaner lines in the forward

particularly the main pieces like the dining and

section of the yacht. The displacement, steel-hulled yacht now has a

coffee tables and the built-in elements, is designed

larger, more distinctive window on the forward deck and the rescue

by Bannenberg & Rowell and custom-made

tender is housed in an enclosed bay in front of the wheelhouse – no

by Heesen craftsmen. The clever, atmospheric

mean feat in a yacht of under 500 GT. He also restyled the stature of

lighting, by Contardi and Delightful, sees shafts

the exterior to give Asya more “optical weight”. In short, a stronger,

of glowing light fall on different places to give a

more dramatic profile. Continuous glued glass windows and matching

soft, uplifting feel. Throughout, the light beige and

black paintwork on the main and upper decks add to her dramatic,

cream carpets are by Oliver Treutlein with fabrics

almost predatory look.

by Dedar, Sahco, Holland & Sherry, Elitis, Bruno

The interior, by the award-winning London-based designers

Triplet and Loro Piana, and leathers by Foglizzo.

Bannenberg & Rowell, is a masterpiece of harmonious design. Inspired

The main saloon, with a dining area towards the

by the works of German industrial designer Dieter Rams, American

bow, features warm khaki colours with highlights

architect Frank Lloyd-Wright and self-taught Japanese architect Tadao

of sunset orange set within a neutral backdrop.

Pictured here: the stern dining area on the sundeck with the table designed by Bannenberg & Rowell and custom made by Heesen craftsmen. Opposite page: the sundeck with bar and Jacuzzi towards the bow. Opening page: the main lounge looking out to the stern cockpit, with chaise longue by Meridiani


Another image of the sundeck looking to the stern. Right: the dramatic, contemporary exterior lines of Asya, designed by Frank Laupman


the sofas by Minotti, chaise longues by Meridiani and dining chairs by

skylounge and relaxing space forward and in the stern

Autobahn, add to the sophisticated ambience. Contardi floor lamps add

cockpit on the main deck. All the exterior furniture is by

a Far Eastern touch. The skylounge is in purples and mauves within a

Summit and Paola Lenti.

light setting with accents of orange. Large circular sofas are designed by

Delivered to her owners in March, Asya is an oasis for

Bannenberg & Rowell and custom-made by Sinn Living, while the floor

her 12 guests, who are welcomed in a full-beam master

lamps are by Roche Bobois. There is also a card table by the designers

suite, two double cabins and two twins with Pullman

and made by William Yeoward. The master suite features pale blue and

beds. A top speed of 15 knots ensures they can always

violet colours while the guest cabins are in light blues and lilacs. The

make it to lunch on time and in style.

exterior has a spacious sun deck as well as a terrace extending from the


The main lounge looking towards the bow, with the custom-made coffee and dining tables by Heesen craftsmen. Throughout, the light beige and cream carpets are by Oliver Treutlein with fabrics by Dedar, Sahco, Holland & Sherry, Elitis, Bruno Triplet and Loro Piana, and leathers by Foglizzo




Clockwise from top left: the skylounge with stern terrace, the custom-made gaming table in the skylounge. Delivered to her owners in March, Asya is an oasis for her 12 guests, who are welcomed in a full-beam master suite (left), two double cabins and two twins (right) with Pullman beds


Bannenberg & Rowell Design

courtesy of Bannenberg & Rowell Design

The Interior Designers


ne of the great things about working with Heesen on their spec yachts is that they give us the freedom to come up

with a concept. That, of course, is music to a design studioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ears and whilst we, of course, have to come up with something that is marketable and within the budget allowed by the yard, it gives us the chance to set the creative direction of travel. The new owner of Asya, when he arrived on the scene in the final months of the build process, was hugely in tune with our interior design concept to the extent that he made no changes. He and his wife are young and sophisticated, and had previously owned a smaller yacht. He asked various questions about colour choices and textures, but said that the interior was entirely in line with his own tastes. In terms of feeling, we wanted to create an atmosphere embracing a calm, neutral and contemporary ambience. We developed a working title for the project, after the Chinese word for harmony: HĂŠ. This was intended to encompass an all-pervading restful and accessible theme. We were also inspired by the designs of Dieter Rams, Frank Lloyd-Wright and Tadao Ando. To support the concept we wanted a palette of materials which exuded that same sense of calm and restfulness. So we have


Pictured here: two renderings of the main lounge showing the complex, atmospheric lighting. The interior designers wanted to create an atmosphere embracing a calm, neutral and contemporary ambience. When the owner arrived on the scene in the final months of the build process was hugely in tune with the interior design concept and he made no changes. Opposite page: Dickie Bannenberg (left) and Simon Rowell

white and silver grey oak, Macassar ebony, Eramosa and Armani bronze marble and some textured limestone in the ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bathroom. There are some punches of coloured glass in the main saloon and Skylounge, offset by neutral fabrics and upholstery throughout. There are some features that we particularly like. There are some subtle interpretations of the stripped-down, and proportion-led, strictures of Rams et al on board. The bedside tables in the guest cabins echo the proportions of iPods whilst the cantilevered desk in the ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Suite displays some fluid curves which appear simple but, I suspect, caused Heesen quite a few headaches to build!



sya, number 11 of the 47-metres, is like number 10: redesigned to please the 2015 eye. Learning from the motoryacht Sky, a

one-off (custom) 50-metre, we sought to give more ‘body’ to the exterior, to make the vessel look bolder. The total stature of the exterior has become more like a ‘helmet’ or ‘egg-shape’ to match the required growth of ‘optical weight’ of the superstructure anno 2015. However, we were not able to do that for the thin Pelican-bow to make it bolder as well. Asya differs from the previous designs in the 47-metre displacement series in several ways. We made a more distinctive bigger window on the forward main deck and the scale of the total of openings changed to enhance the bolder look of the vessel. We added several modern touches to the design, notably glued glass to the exterior windows in order to smoothen the exterior. According to the shipyard’s standards, this has always been costly, because Heesen wants to do this perfectly. One of the features I am most pleased with is the mast. We changed the mast to be triangular, which creates a more balanced and ‘quiet’ pyramid shape sloping downwards and continued in front of and after the side windows on the wheelhouse deck. It also gives the

courtesy of Omega Architects

yacht more of a ‘gentleman’s look’. The mast would not add to ‘enclosed deck area’, which would grow the gross tonnage of the vessel. We think that we literally ‘updated’ the design. She has this mix of classic lines and a contemporary touch, which makes her attractive for many Heesen clients and broadens the ‘niche’ for Heesen Yachts, traditionally known for fast yachts only.

Frank Laupman, Omega Architects The Yacht Designer


The Shipyard Mark Cavendish Head of Sales and Marketing


sya is the latest in the 47-metre line, which has had great success. This length of yacht is very popular

as it caters for the sector of the market below 500 gross tonnes. Aboard Asya there is a really good use of space and she is particularly comfortable, not to mention the stunning interior dĂŠcor by Bannenberg & Rowell. Just amazing. We have now built 11 47-metres and the line is still evolving. The hull fundamentally hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t changed since the first one to launch in 2004, Yalla, although it has been made to be more efficient. We have also made significant improvements to the superstructure, profile and the engineering. Asya is the second of the restyled models, following the award-winning Elena, delivered in 2014. Both yachts have a restyled superstructure and profile to appeal to contemporary tastes and feature glued glass windows. Asya has a softer profile and modern superstructure and, like the others, is extremely quiet with low vibrations and a very efficient hull. Asya can reach a maximum speed of 15 knots and has a long-distance cruising range of 4000 nautical miles at 12 knots. We hope she will be exhibited at the Dubai boat show 2016. Heesen Yachts have 11 yachts in build at the moment. One is a 47-metre and another is a 50-metre, a sister ship to Satori. The 50-metre range has also been very successful for Heesen with five models already launched. In June, we launched a 50-metre fully custom steel-hulled motoryacht YN 17350 with the exterior design by Clifford Denn and the interiors by Reymond Langton. We also have a new 50-metre all-aluminium displacement yacht, with an extremely efficient hull that is due to be launched in 2017; at 10 knots we are forecasting a consumption of only 80 litres of fuel per hour. One exciting model under build is the 70-metre Project Kometa, an all-aluminium yacht with a fast displacement hull design, giving her a top speed of 30 knots. She is due to be delivered in 2016.



Š Ingrid von Kruse


David Chipperfield


goes to Sea His architecture focuses on refining design ideas to produce architecturally, socially and intellectually coherent solutions, as demonstrated by the huge array of buildings and products he has penned. The interiors of the B 80 DS sailing yacht are the latest example. David Chipperfield speaks exclusively to The One Yacht and Design about that experience by DĂŠsirĂŠe Sormani



Above: Chipperfield’s sketch of the interiors for the B 80 DS. Bottom and below are the galley and saloon on the yacht. The style is sober and simple, very much in line with the British architect’s other creations


avid David Chipperfield needs no

Mr. Chipperfield, I know you’ve owned a

introduction to architecture fans.

B30 and a B42, and adore sailing. Is the

To those not in the know, suffice it to

B80 the product of your personal sailing

say that he is one of the chosen-few

experience? I think it helps to have sailing experience, even if it is just knowing how a boat moves or how it is looked after and maintained. There are fundamental similarities between all these boats but it’s also amazing how they change with size. Sailing the B30 is a much more physical experience but the responsibility and the coordination demanded on a B80 puts it into a different category.

Starchitects. Very much a creative allrounder since the earliest days of his career, the British architect’s interests also span interior design, furniture, lighting and tableware. He has created stores for Issey Miyake, Joseph, Dolce & Gabbana, and Valentino, to name but a few. His Tonale ceramics line for Alessi was awarded the Compasso d’Oro in 2011, while MoMA recently added his Piana folding chair to its permanent collection. David Chipperfield has won more than 70 national and international design competitions and received numerous international design awards and honours. Now, however, he is mining a whole new creative seam with the interior of the new Brenta 80 CD on which he was flanked by Lorenzo Argento of Brenta Design studio and Michael Schmidt’s shipyard. The result will be on show at Monaco. David Chipperfield tells us about the experience in an exclusive The One Yacht and Design interview.


© Simon Menges

Chipperfield’s own studio. His main headquarters are in London. From top: the Vigo lamp for Artemide, the Jumex Museum in Mexico City, the Turner Contemporary Gallery (center and right)

© Simon Menges

© Simon Menges

These shots showcase the work that went into Sir David

© Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects E.G.Bührle Collection

© David Chipperfield Architects


What kind of professional shore-based experience did you bring to

This is not your first design for the nautical arena, however. Did

this project?

you bring anything from your previous interior concept for the

Designing at sea is dictated by what is happening in the environment around you. This is the also the case with architecture but it is exaggerated in yachting, especially sailing. However, I like to think that my priority is still to design for practical and sustainable purposes and to embrace the environment in which you are building, whether it is a tower in New York or a museum in Alaska or Sudan.

Tankoa S65 to this project?

The Tankoa was never built, but it was so big that it was more like an apartment fit-out with a continually changing living room view. And it was a motor boat so it didn’t heel; not much changes until you have to think about the boat leaning to one side with fridge doors flying open and plates sliding off tables.

Pictured here: the America’s Cup Veles e Vents building in Valencia, Spain. Current ongoing projects include the Nobel Centre Kunsthaus Zurich in Switzerland (above). Opposite page: Valentino Milan Flagship Store


© Richard Walch

in Stockholm and a new building for the

What was the main challenge this time?

© Santi Caleca

Probably the space. Even though the hull is enormous, the interior space is restricted by so much structure and service equipment. You can never argue with that. You can’t ask them to move the engines a bit so that there is more room in for the walk-in closet. What was working so closely with yacht designer Lorenzo Argento like? We have a lot of faith in Lorenzo. He is a good friend and it was his initial idea to do this collaboration. You feel like you are in good hands with him and he is a great link between everyone on the project. In a way everyone feels like they are working to impress Lorenzo. He has so much experience – he knows what works and what doesn’t, what will look good in a boat and what won’t. What was Michael’s vision and how did you succeed in doing it justice? Michael wanted to do something different from the start, which is very appealing in an industry that likes to play it safe. However, he still wanted the vision to be sensible: it wasn’t about making a boat that didn’t look or feel like a boat, but it was about letting us see the project through our eyes. I imagine he needed a lot of patience for this, especially for someone who has done this so many times. Michael realised quite quickly that our vision was set in the detail of the design. He was completely supportive and I think we have the boat to show for it. What does it mean for you, sailing? I love sailing. I sail with my children in the summer in Galicia, North-West Spain. I like to think that I am a good sailor, but my kids are quick to remind me that I have a lot to learn. We have a B42 that we love. Hopefully this summer we will catch Michael and his wife Katerina sailing down the coast on their way to the Mediterranean and sail alongside them for a while.



A contemporary yet classic design with plenty of Sanlorenzo signatures, the flagship of the fibreglass SL line is the culmination of many yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but it also introduces a plethora of fascinating novelties by Bianca Ascenti pictures - by Beppe Raso



ince 2014, Sanlorenzo has been ranked the world’s second largest builder of 24-metreplus yachts (in terms of feet built). A result the Ameglia and Viareggio yard has achieved through solid hard work that has focused on excellence, meticulously-selected materials, brilliant detail and harmonious forms and spaces that will effortlessly survive the passing of time and trends. The Sanlorenzo range is populated with models that are completely fulfilling on every level but also reassuring because of a contemporary yet classic design that is imposing without ever being overbearing. The latest product of that philosophy is the flagship of the fibreglass SL series, the Sanlorenzo SL 118, the bearer of a slew of novelties. The planing yacht’s lines were designed by architect Francesco Paszkowski and the SL design team. They mirror the powerful, decisive ones of the SL 106 as well as the latter’s alternating vertical and horizontal side windows, its interplay of black and white, and transparent parapet on the flying bridge. The hugely successful 40 Alloy, on the other hand, provides the openout balconies for the forward owner’s cabin and the saloon amidships. The 36.5-metre flagship is essentially the culmination of many years of experience and success but it still has a strong personality and character entirely of its own which only become apparent aboard. The first hint is the widebody structure of the bow which, although it does not impinge in the slightest on the yacht’s streamlined good looks, provides an astonishing amount of space as well as a large sunning area on the foredeck. The electric windows in the saloon also mean that guests are free to choose their experience of the sea to suit their mood or the weather. The ergonomically-designed bridge is on a half deck and is so high tech that it is reminiscent of an aircraft cockpit. While many of the exclusive Sanlorenzo technological solutions and engineering accomplishments won’t be immediately apparent to less than expert eyes, anyone who steps aboard will be instantly swept up in the sheer elegance of this yacht, the product of clever, creative design which allows the spaces to communicate and creates surprising synergies


A great shot of the 118 underway. The lines of the planing superyacht are by Francesco Paszkowski and the Sanlorenzo design team. The chic juxtaposition of black and white and the alternating horizontal and vertical windows come from the SL 106. The upper deck sea balcony is folded out and furnished with Flexformâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take on pieces by Paola Lenti and Antonio Citterio


between interior and exterior.

saloon where a rectangular table with a polished lacquer

As ever with Sanlorenzo, instant recognisability and an ability to

top and stainless steel structure made by the yard’s own

innovate while remaining faithful to the principles that inspired it are

cabinetmakers works brilliantly with the Hamilton sofa

the leitmotif. The typical SL client is usually a repeat owner, someone

designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti, the dark

who returns again and again to Ameglia as his or her needs change. The

leather armchair by Antonio Citterio for Maxalto, the

owner of the SL 118, for instance, opted for it after five other yachts.

Minotti “Roma” chairs and the gorgeous Murano Ribbon

He had extremely specific ideas about the interior layout. The first

chandelier by Venini. Paola Lenti and Antonio Citterio

thing he asked for was to have the master suite forward on the main

furnishings reworked for exterior use by Flexform

deck, complete with personal balcony, and the guest/VIP staterooms

were selected for the cockpit on the main deck and the

aft on the lower one. The latter back onto the engine room but this is

enormous fly while the galleys (both interior and on the

brilliantly sound and vibration-proofed as both walls and floors are on

fly) are by Boffi. A truly ladylike yacht in other words.

floating aluminium structures. The interior style is purposely neutral to

Always elegant, never obvious.

showcase the works of art and designer pieces the owner and his wife

collected on their travels around the world: polished anigre and delicate hues such as cream and champagne for the walls and the ceilings which also feature a sophisticated, leading-edge lighting system. The extensive

Right, a sea-facing desk in the owner’s suite

use of double-glazing for the walls also means that the spaces can

which lies forward on the main deck. Below, the

be separated without making them feeling claustrophobic. There is

living area is split into dining and conversation

also lots and lots of natural light flooding into the saloon through the

zones featuring the Hamilton sofa by Rodolfo

aforementioned six electric windows which can also be lowered. The

Dordoni for Minotti which works well with the

furnishings give a hint of the owners’ strong personalities: they have

leather armchair designed by Antonio Citterio

confidently and skilfully mixed styles and eras as well as alternating

for Maxalto. Designer pieces abound on board:

designer pieces with bespoke artisanal work. A good example is the

some, like the saloon floor lamp, are 1950s



Sergio Buttiglieri, Interior Design Director The Interior Design


he Turkish owner and his wife are very experienced sailors, art and design connoisseurs and great travellers. All of their boats, like their

home, are full of souvenirs of their travels around the world. This is why they wanted neutral interiors. Warm tones like cream, champagne and sand cleverly create a cosy but refined ambience that won’t overshadow their collections. They also wanted a lot of natural light and an interiorexterior dialogue. The boat reflects their confident, elegant taste which strikes a brilliant balance between different styles, eras and colours. Some of their more interesting choices include the quirky vintage stools, the Sabbatini Milanese silver pieces designed by Giò Ponti, Tapio Wirkkala little animals for Rosenthal and some splendid reissued lamps by Stilnovo. That eclecticism continues in the owner’s suite where there is an Andersen Slim sofa by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti with Huber occasional tables. Also aboard are various paintings with Pietrasanta Massimiliano Lucchetti and Vincentiu Grigorescu taking pride of place. The same subdued, relaxing tones have been used outside too with warm teak enlivened by bright, colourful designer pieces.

The owners wanted to mix various styles and eras in the interiors and alternate designer items with custom furnishings. Right, a good example: the rectangular table with a polished lacquer top and stainless steel base made in the yard is flanked by Minotti Roma chairs. Top: right, a view of the bright saloon; center, the corridor of the lower deck; right, the relaxation corner in the owner’s cabin


The exterior design Andrea Mottino, Vice President of Sales and Marketing


his boat’s real strong point, like every other Sanlorenzo, is that it is so instantly recognisable. Our boats do evolve

but they always stay the same too and so the brand doesn’t lose its value over time. In fact, it seems to only grow in prestige. We are not interested in big numbers and we don’t chase extreme or fashionable lines. Our goal is retain our position on the market by focusing even harder on the quality of our craft because that is what makes the difference on such a competitive scene. It also explains our position at the top end and the results we’ve achieved thus far. This boat is a real powerhouse of technology and exclusive solutions – not the kind of thing visible to the naked eye. We concentrated on technical content and reducing the weight of the whole upper part of the superstructure by using carbon and fibreglass lamination. We also did a lot of noise and vibration damping and focused on every last detail right down to the


The exterior styling is instantly recognisable with plenty of elements borrowed from the yard’s heritage and passed down through time – including the single window with a cutaway gunwale aft given a modern twist. Below, the aft cockpit is essentially an al fresco lounge

thickness of the fibreglass, the teak on the deck (12 mm), the

still completely mould the interiors around the “box”, so to speak.

doors themselves and the steel used for their handles. Another

They can even change certain technical and exterior details.

pivotal aspect is the very close relationship we develop with our

Thanks to our network of leading Italian and international

clients and the personalisation service we offer: understandably

brands, they also have the virtually endless choice of furnishings

enough, we can’t alter the naval architecture but the owner can

as they would if they were choosing for their home.

The Shipyard


fter Massimo Perotti took over at the helm of the yard in 2005, Sanlorenzo completely rethought

its market position. Perotti internationalised both the company and its output which can now be targeted with different characteristics and/or components to suit different markets. Sanlorenzo enjoys a very strong presence in Europe through our brand representatives and, thanks to distribution agreements, we’re also well-established in America and Asia. We recently signed a distribution and exclusive dealership agreement with Simpson Marine, the largest sales and brokerage company in the Far East, too. That’s a strategic move designed to respond to the growing demand for our bespoke yachts in the Pacific and South East Asia regions. Clients who choose Sanlorenzo expect certain types of geometry, volumes, harmony and excellence. We aren’t really the yard for casual buyers. We focus on expert owners who can afford the best in everything from design to final certification. They choose us for a reason: because we pour all our energy and experience into our boats. In fact, we don’t build more than 30 yachts a year. And every one is tailor-made for its owner.



ALL IN ONE It designs, produces and installs innovative audio/video, communications, networking, domotics and entertainment systems, all totally integrated to make life easier for owner and crew. Now, thanks to Videoworks, they can manage the yacht with a watch by Fabio Petrone



hat is the Italian nautical industry? People and companies whose ideas,

passion, experience and work create objects of outstanding quality, like tiles in the mosaic of a yacht, a display of versatility and skill. Videoworks is one of the most glittering pieces in this precious puzzle, especially because it has become successful in a field that is outside the traditional areas associated with Italian expertise, as Italy is not generally regarded as one of those countries specialising in hi-tech products. Videoworks designs, produces and installs innovative audio/video, communications, networking, domotics and entertainment systems. The company also focuses on the total integration of these systems so as to ensure exceptional ease of use. The Marche-based company operates in

Thanks to a new branch in Amsterdam and a presence in an upcoming â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Stop Shopâ&#x20AC;? in London, Videoworks is even more intensely committed to conquering the international market, offering a series of products with a high technical content that define new frontiers in the consumption of well-being





hree sectors - Architectural, focused

of well-being. The latest development is

on the residential market, Conference,

an agreement with Francesca Muzio and

reserved for conference sector professionals,

her company, FM–Architettura d’Interni,

and Yachting, targeting the most exclusive

making Videoworks a technological partner.

sector of the pleasure sailing market.

This involves a Samsung Gear smart watch

Videoworks carved out a niche in the


highly specialised yachting market, and then

enabling users to manage curtains, lights,

saw its business grow exponentially. This

atmosphere, music, films and so on simply

market now accounts for 70 per cent of the

by touching the watch’s on-screen icons.

company’s annual turnover.

It is also possible to switch on the sound-

Now, thanks to a new branch in Amsterdam

masking feature developed by Videoworks.

and a presence in an upcoming “One Stop

This system can equalise sounds so as to

Shop” in London, Videoworks is even

mask the unwanted frequencies, in the same

more intensely committed to conquering

way that perfume will mask odours. The end

the international market, offering a series

result is an optimal acoustic environment.

of products with a high technical content

The future is already here!

that define new frontiers in the consumption





KRILL: FOOD FOR THOUGHT The 55-metre ketch by an Italian Young Designer of the Year finalist takes its inspiration from the humpback whale’s unusual anatomy. Its natural, flowing lines have already caught the eye of several international yards by Désirée Sormani



’ve been attracted to art and anything

of action and, most of all, would have

creative since I was a small child. I was

very few angles. A boat, in other words.

always drawing on anything I could find: bits

I really needed that after so many years at

of paper, paper napkins even the steamed-

university with very little creative freedom

over glass of the shower box. But then I grew

and stimulus,” she continues. “Under the

up and I found myself studying architecture

supervision of Bernardo Zuccon (of Studio

in Rome. I was attracted to a whole variety

Zuccon International – ed), I did the design

of different areas from restoration to urban

for a 70-metre low environmental impact

planning, interior design and contemporary

boat that has university laboratories aboard

architecture. But I couldn’t find any one

which are used for conducting research into

subject that interested me more than all

and monitoring marine flora and fauna. It

the rest.” 26-year-old Antonella Scarfiello

was a research project that really motivated

describes her lifelong passion for design, a

me and gave me exceptional satisfaction.”

passion for which she struggled to find the

That experience convinced Scarfiello that

right outlet at first. “When I finished my

yacht design was her true vocation and

exams, I decided I had to design something

ultimately led her to Giorgio Vafiadis’ nautical

I’d never had anything to do with before,

architecture and design studio. And then, of

that would give me maximum freedom

course, the 2015 Young Designer

Antonella Scarfiello (opposite) took the ventral pleats of the huge marine mammal as her inspiration for the superstructure. The rest of the design followed naturally. The result is a hull that has an effortlessly flowing geometry, perfect for life at sea



of the Year competition, sponsored, as always, by

The stairs divides the main saloon into a dining and a living area. The latter has a

Lürssen and Oceanco. The brief for this latest edition

flame-effect fireplace that lends the space a warm, welcoming atmosphere (facing

was a 55-metre ketch for an owner who wanted to

pace, bottom). The furnishings are minimalist: just a few carefully chosen linear pieces

embark on extended cruises with friends and family.

that are contemporary but never extreme in style

“Initially, I really didn’t like any of my sketches. But then a biologist friend asked me to do a 3D model of the ventral pleats of humpback whales because he was doing some research on them. When I was doing that I found they were very similar to what the competition was looking for.” And so the humpback whale became the inspiration for Scarfiello’s concept, and the ventral pleats spread over a convex structure provided the superstructure. The rest just followed. The result is a yacht with exceptionally fluid geometry, very suited to life at sea. Even the deck furnishings feel more like a seamless part of the project than mere accessories. Two sets of stairs beside the living area on the fly lead up to the bridge deck where there is a large, sinuous cockpit with a 10-seater table. This communal relaxation area is nicely sheltered from the sun. In the interior, the main saloon is split by the stairs into living and dining areas. “I’ve always


Above and below left: the deck furnishings are an integral part of the design and, like

imagined that people who like sailing prefer their

the rest of the superstructure, are inspired by the ventral pleats of the humpback whale.

furnishings minimalist so I chose just a few pieces

Two stairs flanking the living area lead from the fly to the bridge deck where there is a

for my ketch. They all have a linear, never symmetrical

large, sinuous cockpit with a 10-seater table. A nicely-shaded communal relaxation area

design that’s contemporary but not over-the-top.” Scarfiello may have gone for low-key furnishings but the detailing of the latter is refined understatement. A fireplace with a flame-effect fire also creates a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Forward on the main deck there are three two-berth cabins for the crew and one for the captain, plus a crew lobby, a galley, a laundry room and a stowage area. The crew area is separated from the owner’s quarters by the engine room. The owner’s quarters have two twin cabins and two doubles, all en suite. Then, the owner’s suite itself is aft with a small office nook, a walk-in closet and his and hers bathrooms. But what about the name? “I really went with my gut instinct when it came to the development of the yacht: I wanted that process to be reflected in the name. I wanted the humpback whale to be a reference but not the sole focus, so I chose Krill because that’s what the humpbacks live on.”




g on craft for landin ir a l a e id e th R66 is miles n Helicopterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so in b o R l, range of 300 u a rf e in w h o it p w d n re a e t h ed any w Lightweigh le at high spe p o e p e re th y an carr by Fabio Petrone any yacht. It c



The R66 is powered by an RR300 turboshaft engine producing 275 shp (300 maximum). It is so compact that it does not require any special deck equipment, and is light enough (1,224 kg, fully loaded) to be set down on any yacht with enough space




obinson Helicopter is now the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

not require any special deck equipment, and

consistently generate ample power, even in hot

largest producer of rotary wing aircraft.

is light enough (1,224 kg, fully loaded) to be

climates where piston engines would suffer,

Every year it turns out almost 500 of its three

set down on any yacht with enough space.

or when the aircraft has to fly at altitudes

models, the R22, R44II and this one, the R66

At a cruising speed of 120 knots, it has a

where there is less oxygen. Its straightforward

Marine Turbine. The R66 is powered by an

range of 300 miles with three people on

construction means that maintenance is

RR300 turboshaft engine producing 275 shp

board, and 200 miles (463 km) with all five

not complex. The R66 concept reflects the

(300 maximum). It is so compact that it does

seats full. The turbine engine is light, and can

philosophy of its creator, Frank Robinson - whose company has produced almost 11,000 light helicopters since the 1970s - enabling passengers to fly, for example, from the helipad at Cortina dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Ampezzo to a yacht moored at Montecarlo, just over 400 km, in about two hours, seated in a cabin with leather or fabric upholstery, digital instruments, and optional air conditioning. Certified by the EASA, it can be sold and serviced throughout the world - in fact, the Marine Turbine version is fitted with pop-up floats that enable the helicopter to land on water in case of emergency. Well-equipped, the R66 costs around a million dollars.



TRAVELLING IN STYLE Featuring every kind of comfort (and fully customisable), the Hodgdon Limo Tenderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sophisticated design and refined spec make it a genuine seafaring limousine by Fabio Petrone



odgdon Yachts is an American yard with a long and

feature is a hard top that covers two-thirds of the deck.

glorious history. It has been in business, in fact, for

Thanks to side windows, it can be sealed off and climate-

over 200 years and builds a mix of sailing and motorcraft.

controlled so that it can be used even in extreme climates. It

Most importantly, however, it produces some of the finest

also features a clever hydraulic system that raises it to create

American technical wood and composite custom and semi-

natural ventilation. The rest of the fit-out is custom: the hull

custom boats which it tailors to their ownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; exacting

livery can be matched to that of the mother ship, for a start.

requirements. Very much in line with that approach is the

Owners can also choose the seating arrangements, upholstery

Limo Tender which comes from Michael Peters, who has

and even accessories such as audio and video systems, fridge,

designed many iconic American craft.

wine and cigar cellar, ice-maker. All touches that make the

The Limo Tender has a 10.5-metre hull and is powered by a

Hodgdon Limo Tender an extremely versatile and enjoyable

37 hp inboard-outboard engine. Its steering position is quite

commuter craft.

far forward, runabout-style. However, its real stand-alone

The Limo Tenderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most striking feature is its hard top which covers two thirds of the deck. Thanks to side windows, the area beneath can be enclosed and climate-controlled to cope with all kinds of weather conditions


TOTAL ADRENALIN The Quadski, the brainchild of the Californian company Gibbs, is two vehicles in one. At the touch of a button it transforms from personal water jet to a quad all-terrain vehicle by Fabio Petrone


[ TOYS ]


oys have become an obligatory

normal waterjet, at the touch of a

extra on board yachts, keeping

button the Quadski - almost like a

owners happy and their guests

Transformer - metamorphoses into

entertained, especially on charter

a quad, an all-terrain vehicle that

vessels. More and more of these

enables riders to remain in the saddle

toys are now being carried on

even when transitioning from water

megayachts as standard equipment,

to land travel. It is, in fact, a genuine

with a wide range of types to fulfil

amphibious vehicle, based on a robust,

all tastes. Now thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something

high-performance engine, the 1300

new from California-based company

cc BMW unit from the K series, with

Gibbs. Measuring 3.26 by 1.58

four in-line cylinders, 16 valves and

metres and weighing 600 kg, this

a power output of 140 hp, linked to

machine has two distinct functions

a Gibb hydrojet for speeding across

that will appeal to users seeking

the water and a rear wheel drive

a more adrenalin-fuelled type of

for driving on every type of surface

entertainment. As well as being a

on land. Equipped with sequential gears with electronically-controlled automatic centrifugal clutch and disc brakes on every wheel it can

It is, in fact, a genuine amphibious vehicle,

exceed 45 miles an hour on water

based on a robust, high-performance

and land. The safe, well-designed

engine, the 1300 cc BMW unit from the K

hull is in composite material, and

series, with four in-line cylinders, 16 valves

custom colours are available for the

and a power output of 140 hp, linked to a

bodywork. Including, of course,

Gibb hydrojet for speeding across the water

Sapphire blue!

and a rear wheel drive for driving on land


[ The WATCH ]


The latest arrival from Cartier is a sublimely complicated original

with a beautiful sapphire winding crown the intense colour of which is reflected in its extraordinarily intricate dial by Paolo De Vecchi


he very name ‘Ballon Bleu’ is evocative of stylistic originality, something Cartier has always been universally acknowledged for. This is as true of its forms as the materials used to make it. The classic watch’s case is round with delicate convex curves, brilliantly set off by a winding crown enclosed in a neat arch of metal that protects a sapphire cabochon. That wonderful deep tropical blue is picked up again on the extraordinary flinqué enamel work on the dial of this new limited edition version. First used on Cartier’s


[ The WATCH ]

The new Ballon Bleu de Cartier has a white-gold case and manual wind mechanical movement, a blue flinqué enamel work dial. A limited edition of just 100 has been made

table clocks in the early 1900s, this technique involves first

the effects of gravity and the constant changing and shifting

decorating a metal dial base with guilloché (in this instance a

of the position of the watch throughout the day. This he did

pattern of intersecting arches), then covering it with enamel

by mounting both the delicate escapement and balance wheel

and firing it. The enamelling process has to be repeated

in a rotating cage. Brequet’s ingenious invention remains in

several times until the desired brilliant, translucent colour is

use today, even though technological progress in the sector has

achieved. Finally, the dial is polished to create the sapphire-like

turned the tourbillon into more an aesthetic than a functional

gleam and intensity. A genuinely intricate and sophisticated

complication. The Ballon Bleu is powered by the manual-wind

process. That said, the Cartier Ballon Bleu is much more than

mechanical Calibre 9452 which can be spied through the

just a sublimely beautiful timepiece. This is also a technically

sapphire caseback and is certified by the prestigious Poinçon

exceptional watch as alluded to by the aperture towards the

de Genève, the highest seal of quality a watch can be awarded.

bottom of the dial through which the flying tourbillon can be

Made for the first time in 2008 with a 46mm white gold case,

seen. In fact, seconds are indicated by the C-shaped tourbillon

the aforementioned updated 39mm version of the Ballon Bleu

carriage which completes a rotation every minute. The flying

was launched recently in the same metal. It retains the same

tourbillon is an incredibly complex but tiny device that is not

look as the original but its more compact size makes it even

only spectacularly beautiful to look at but to watch enthusiasts

more elegant on the wrist of the lucky few that can afford it, as

it evokes the system invented by the great master watchmaker

it is a limited, numbered edition of just one hundred.

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by Bianca Ascenti

Featuring Fendi-furnished interiors, the Monegasque Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new headquarters are a triumph of design, innovation and sophistication. This is the place where lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;art de vivre la mer has had its home since 1953. A philosophy based on team spirit, respect for naval etiquette, dialogue between members, and love and defence of the oceans and planet




f there’s anywhere in the world that “l’Art

for a coolly elegant, contemporary look with warm

de Vivre la Mer” is alive and well it is the

wood tones predominating. The furniture is from

spaces in the new

Principality of Monaco. Its brand-new Sir

a range of international names with Fendi Casa

clubhouse designed

Norman Foster-designed Yacht Club is the

supplying a good portion. However, talking about

by Sir Norman Foster.

architectural expression of that fact. Long and

the Yacht Club de Monaco merely in terms of

The exterior is inspired

narrow, very much like the steamers of the early

design, architecture or high society (its President

by a multi-deck ship

20th century, in Foster’s own words “if it were a

is Prince Albert II) is to do it an injustice as the

but inside the décor

ship, it would be called the Free Spirit”. Generous

mission of the Club founded in 1953 remains

is by Jacques Grange

deck-like terraces linked by stairs double as VIP

that of cultivating and passing on its founding

featuring Fendi Casa

grandstands for the legendary Formula 1 Grand

values: loyalty, team spirit, respect for naval


Prix inland and the classic Monegasque regattas at

etiquette, dialogue between members, love and

Opposite page, from left,

sea. Extending the harbour to the east, the Club is

defence of the oceans and planet. It pursues these

Alberto Vignatelli, CEO

a masterpiece of balance because although striking

goals through its sailing courses, regattas, rallies,

Fendi Casa, with Prince

and sophisticated, as befits such an elite Club, it

concours d’elegance and environmental events.

Albert II and the French

is also the symbol of a Principality negotiating

Naturally, all of these activities are underpinned

interior designer

the third millennium with a focus on protecting

by the abovementioned Art de Vivre la Mer. As

the environment and preserving the planet’s

with all such clubs, there is a strict dress code

resources. The clubhouse itself, in fact, has solar

of navy single-breasted blazer with the Club coat

thermal panels, photovoltaic cells and a special

of arms on the breast pocket (no handkerchief),

seawater cooling system. Its Jacques Grange

blue shirt and Club tie with no exceptions made

interior also references naval layout: past the

(except during regattas). Buttons may be black

huge glazed lobby, deck number two (first floor)

or dark blue, with or without the Club insignia

is reserved for members and their guests, and

(silver and gold buttons are for officials only). In

features a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, library,

winter, pants are grey, in summer, white (likewise

gym and club room. The next level up is home to

for ladies’ skirts). After eight in the evening,

offices and guest accommodation, while the sun

gentlemen must wear a blazer (single or double-

decks, shaded by huge sail-like canopies supported

breasted) with a white shirt and dress tie with

by masts and booms, host events. Grange opted

YCM tie pin 10 cm from the knot.


Some of the exclusive

Yacht Club de Monaco QUAI LOUIS II - MC 98000 MONACO Founded: 1953 Main regattas: Monaco Classic Week, Monaco Optimist Team Race, Palermo Monte Carlo Offshore Race, Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse Berthing for members: Monaco, Montecarlo Club colours: white and red Outposts: none Members: approx. 1,600




he plan to furnish the most prestigious areas of the Yacht Club

epitomised by HSH Prince Albert II’s office. This Grange designed as

de Monaco with Fendi Casa pieces took shape in 2013 and

an open-plan space with beautifully balanced, sculptural proportions

involved the hugely talented Jacques Grange, whom I have known and

and a charming ambience very much in the style of the Yacht Club.

admired for many years. Grange has the ability to grasp the soul of

The centrepiece is an iconic rectangular Margutta table with an

exceptional places and the skill to bring them alive with passion and

ebonised sycamore top and steel inserts mimicking the Fendi logo.

a contemporary flair so that they enter into a dialogue. We took our

It is matched with Ripetta chairs. The furnishings are pastel, natural

inspiration from the Yacht Club’s great tradition and the contemporary

leather, sand, ivory and natural wood. The shades range from white for

slant of Norman Foster’s project. The result was a modern yet casual

the Fendi Outdoor furniture on the large outside deck and pool areas,

and elegant ambience. For the lounge, the private areas and the guest

with splashes of colour for the cushions which feature a beautifully

rooms, we chose Fendi Casa Contemporary pieces, such as Soho and

embroidered YCM logo. We wanted to distance ourselves from the

Metropolitan sofas, and Serengeti tables which we combined with

traditional navy to add a more glamorous, luxurious dimension. The

Blixen chairs and Colombu coffee tables. It proved a modern yet

Fendi Casa collection has always been hugely elegant with detail

absolutely faithful reading of the Monegasque royal family’s values

expressed in craftsmanship, materials and forms. It was thus a natural

with original, versatile touches. This new, eclectic kind of classicism is

choice for us as it brilliantly reflected the Club’s new image.”





The recent Superyacht Rendezvous confirmed the marinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s star status. The result of clever investment, the perfect location and a yacht-friendly policy

MONTENEGRO by Cristina Griner




t played host to its first Superyacht Rendezvous in early July

and won it the Superyacht Marine of the Year 2015 award.

after 25 years of Monaco monopolising the scene. But even

It not only has a yacht club but also six different residential

as far back as its official opening in 2009, Porto Montenegro

complexes of chic sea-view apartments, the first Regent

was being looked upon as the up-and-coming Monte Carlo

Hotel in the Mediterranean, a host of bars, restaurants and

of the Balkans. A clever gamble by Peter Munk, the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

international designer stores. Topping it all off, however, is

leading gold mine owner, with backing from financial heavy-

the spectacular Richard Hywel Evans-designed Lido with

hitters Jacob and Nathaniel Rothschild and Bernard Arnault,

its pool bar, restaurant, nightclub and an iconic 64-metre

Porto Montenegro is now widely considered one of the top

infinity pool. Three international airports, all with private

international marinas. Its impressive amenities aside, its

jet facilities, are just a short hop way from its helipad.

success is helped by a combination of tax and duty-free fuel

Clearly, the hospitality in the Village is absolutely superb.

and yacht-friendly crew and guest embarkation regulations.

First off is the elegant One brasserie which overlooks the

This is also charter heaven thanks to VAT-exempt status and

superyacht dock. Mitsu offers divine Japanese cuisine while

a fabulous location bang in the middle of the Adriatic, just a

La Piazza beside the Regent does Italy proud. The Lido

short hop from Dalmatia and within easy reach of both the

Rooftop has amazing sunset views and a fine wine list

Italian coast and the Greek islands.

featuring over 100 labels.

Located in the spectacular surrounds of the Bay of Kotor,

Inland the landscape is breath-taking and dotted with

Porto Montenegro boasts 460 berths catering to yachts of

gemlike villages and towns including UNESCO World

up to 180 metres. Its 24-hour amenities are second to none

Heritage Sites of the likes of Perast with its Venetian


Nestling in the deep Bay of Kotor (above), Porto Montenegro (opposite page) is surrounded by spectacular towering landscape and ancient UNESCO World Heritage Sites (left, the old town in Kotor). It also features six chic residential complexes with terraces overlooking the port (opening) and the iconic Lido (top) with its 64-metre infinity pool


The dockside (above) provides a full range of superb services for yachts and megayachts of up to 180 metres. There is an international atmosphere ashore all year round with leading international designer stores, bars and gourmet restaurants (left, Al Posto Giusto) as well as the Mediterranean’s first Regent Hotel (below, the spa)

Palazzos and tiny alleyways winding down to the sea. The town of Kotor in particular is wonderful with medieval town walls leading all the way up to St John’s Castle and the air filled with the sound of the pealing bells of its many charming churches. Also good for a visit is the exclusive enclave of Dobrota with its old sea captains’ houses. And for the swim of a lifetime? The Blue Cave, naturally.



A ROOM WITH A VIEW An Egyptian entrepreneur looked down from his helicopter on a pretty old town and its valley and had a flash of inspiration. Now Andermatt is being turned into one of the most exclusive Alpine destinations with five-star hotels, apartments and luxury suites by Luciano Stanga


ki fans will soon have a whole new reason to go to Andermatt. This is an area of Switzerland that has long been renowned as the home to Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most

famous piste, the Russi Run, an astonishing 4.5-kilometre downhill that goes all the way from the dizzying heights of the Gemsstock to the village. However, breathtakingly beautiful Alpine surroundings and endless offpiste possibilities also make it heaven for freeriders. Over the last few years, it has become a favourite destination of the jet set. And not just in winter. In summer, climbers, hikers and mountainbikers all flock here for the superb hospitality and wide range of pursuits available to them. The amenities on offer are evolving all the time. Particularly now as a huge construction project is also adding six four and five-star hotels, 500 holiday apartments in 42 buildings, 25 ultra-luxe chalets, conference facilities, a swimming pool and, topping it all off, an 18-hole golf course. The Andermatt and


This shot: a rendering of the luxury apartments in the small condominiums being built and for sale in Andertmatt. Opposite page: a rendering of the Gemse project. One of 42 units under construction in the area




edrum ski stations have also joined forces to

of the hotel’s facilities, naturally. Suite owners

create the new SkiArena with 24 transport

can also rent them out safe in the knowledge

facilities and 120 kilometres of pistes. More

that all their personal belongings will be

delight for dedicated skiers. The construction

removed and then returned to exactly where

project is backed by Egyptian entrepreneur

they were left by the meticulous hotel staff.

Samih Sawiris and got underway in 2007. In

The residences themselves range in size from

fact, it is only currently at about the halfway

95m2 to 240 m2 while the lofts span 189m2 to

stage. The jewel in the crown is, of course, the

616m2. The Andermatt Swiss Alps resort also

five-star Chedi Andermatt Hotel which has 105

has five other condominiums completed with

bedrooms as well as 65 pieds-à-terre, 12 lofts

a total of 68 residential units. Each has its own

and 42 residences which are still for sale. It

architectural style (from the Engadine style to

also boasts an exclusive spa, modern fitness

the look of the nearby Goms Valley and the

centre, beauty salon and a truly extraordinary

local tradition) and each is also named after a

pool. Four open kitchens serve up everything

mountain animal. All of the buildings blend in

from Swiss to European, contemporary Asian

beautifully with the surrounding landscape and

and Japanese cuisine under diners’ eyes. A

are built from ecofriendly, durable materials.

spectacular treat for all the senses. A tasting

Last but not least, they deliver uniquely

room for the finest local cheeses, a cigar

stunning view of one of the prettiest corners

room and the Head-sponsored Ski room are

of the Swiss Alps. Not a factor that should be

other exclusive touches. Owners of properties

underestimated by any means.

within The Chedi complex enjoy a wide range


Above: left, another apartment with spectacular views of the mountains; right, Egyptian entrepreneur Samih Sawiris, chairman of the board of Andermatt Swiss Alps. The project involves an investment of 1.8 billion Swiss Francs

These shots, a suite with central hearth, the bedroom and balcony with views of the Gemstock from the Hotel The Chedi. The jewel in the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crown is the fivestar hotel. It also has lofts, pieds-Ă -terre and apartments for sale. The Chedi even has 12 penthouses which cost in the region of 3.4 million Swiss Francs each



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