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We bring our first year to a very fitting close with the Diamond issue. It has been an incredibly intense year that began with the presentation of the first issue of THE ONE Yacht & Design at the Dubai Boat Show in February. We then travelled all the way to Singapore in May before continuing on to Monte Carlo last September. Right now, we are en route to Fort Lauderdale. I have to admit that I am very satisfied on not one but two levels. Firstly, because of the development of our innovative magazine and the welcome the market has extended to it, and secondly because we have seen a very promising and, more importantly, real pick-up in the world gigayacht market over the last 10 months. Each of our first four issues of THE ONE was named after a gemstone: Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire and, now, Diamond) and so everyone is asking me what the 2016 issues will be linked to. The only answer I can give at present is that you’ll have to wait until January 2016 when the issue number 5 of THE ONE Yacht & Design comes out and reveals the leitmotif for the rest of the year. Lastly, I would like to say a warm word of thanks to all of the companies and businesses - the yards, designers, fashion houses, car manufacturers or others besides - that believed in this new project and decided to place their faith in us. And also, of course, all the readers around the world that have kept us company throughout the year. It is our duty (and our honour) to repay their, and your, faith as best we can. With a very special 2016!

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Agaist the Wind

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Five Questions to... Marcel Onkenhout

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Work in Progress

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Exclusive Yacht Decor

154 Tender 156 Toys

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158 The Watch 162 Jewels 164 Yacht Club 170 Harbour Life 174 Real Estate

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Cover Story: Sunrise Yachts Irimari

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66 Jet: Icon of Freedom 72

The Car: The Best of the Best

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Creative Minds: Giovanni Zuccon

84 The Italian Style: Hydrotec 88 Megasailer: Perini Navi Perseus^3

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100 Art on board: On the Trail of hidden Treasure 104 Mise en Place: Tabletop trends 108 Gourmand: United colours of food 112 Megayacht: Amels Event 126 Trend Setters: Antonio Citterio

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Patricia Viels Interiors Less is More

132 Megayacht: Claasen Atalante 142 Bespoke: Unique elegance 146 Young Talents: A Double Dream 150 Helicopter: A Personal Dragonfly

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[ AGAINST THE WIND ]

CERTIFICATES DON’T MEAN PRACTICAL SKILL by Andrea Pezzini, CEO & Co-Founder Floating Life

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hen the British certification was introduced a long while

expect to be informed that the pump has been dismantled by the

ago, many believed this would add value to a largely

chief engineer, and that parts will be needed to fix it, or that the

unregulated labour market. In reality, we gradually realised that

tubing has been inspected or suchlike. But no, the answer I get is,

it was having an effect on the professional status of some skilled

“Send us a technician right away because there’s a problem that

crew members - especially the chief engineer. His qualifications

could affect on-board safety and we have to bring the boat into

are almost always bureaucratic, with less and less emphasis on the

harbour so as to avoid any risks.”

hands-on nature of the post. That’s an example of an everyday exchange, so imagine what I often find myself talking to personnel who have all the rules

happens when one of those electronic gizmos modern yachts are

and regulations at their fingertips, especially when it comes to

stuffed with decides to give up the ghost. Unfortunately, if you do

employment contracts, but are almost clueless about the more

try to take on a mechanic who’s spent his life in the workshop

practical aspects of maintenance. Here’s an example. A small-

but has none of those “qualifications”, the answer is now “He isn’t

medium yacht with a broken bilge pump calls ashore to request

qualified, so he can’t join the crew!”

the assistance of an engineer. A question from land, “What type of

Certificates are all well and good, but I also believe that those

breakdown?” Back comes the answer, “It doesn’t work anymore”.

awarding the qualifications should examine the real abilities of the

“I bite the bullet and ask, “What doesn’t work?”. Answer, “It

person who is to be granted chief engineer status, making them

doesn’t work anymore, it’s not sucking in”. At one time you could

take practical tests in the workshop.

A client of mine said just before the summer, “I want those old-school engineers back, the ones with greasy hands and grimy overalls, the ones who’d say, “Everything’s hunky-dory, boss. A bit of wire and a screwdriver and we’re away!”

But am I just wasting my breath?

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[ FIVE QUESTIONS TO... ]

MARCEL ONKENHOUT (CEO OCEANCO) by Désirée Sormani

Oceanco is one of the Netherlands’ newest but most internationally renowned yards. What is your strategy for success?

We credit our success with always trying to stay ahead of the curve. We look ahead, and expand on what we’ve done since our beginnings. We’ve forged our own standards for the modern world where ideas, materials and demands change not by the decade but by the year. In 2005, Oceanco made the decision to specialise in yachts for a very particular type of owner. The Y700-coded yachts—Alfa Nero, Seven Seas and Equanimity, etc. —were deliberately designed to be the ultimate in sophistication— technically, mechanically and aesthetically. 50 per cent of the yachts we’ve built appear on the “Top 100 worldwide largest yachts” list and we are confident all of the new launches to come will do too. We embrace market trends but never let them limit our innovation. We listen carefully to what our clients wish to achieve without any preconceived ideas to ensure that we fully understand every detail. Details make all the difference. This is how we build not just the perfect yacht but also the owner’s perfect yacht... The market is demanding increasingly gigantic yachts: will there ever be a cut-off point? We aren’t sure whether private yacht market requests will extend to actual cruise ships. However, we do expect the demand for 80-metre-plus yachts with ground-breaking designs and technology to increase. We are very much in tune with our market segment and, as a direct response,

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have increased our facilities with a state-of-the-art dry dock to build yachts up to 140 metres. Describe the typical Oceanco owner. There is no one stereotype or cultural profile. Our clients are from around the world—all are highly knowledgeable professionals and leaders in their respective fields. They have the means to be demanding and they choose us. Several are repeat customers. They want their yacht to be built by Oceanco. Oceanco works with the best yacht designers. Is there space for newcomers too? Not only do we work with some of the most famous yacht designers (Nuvolari-Lenard, Sam Sorgiovanni, Espen Øino, Andrew Winch, Terence Disdale, to name but a few), we also have own expert in-house design team. We definitely feel there is room for new designers. In fact, we actively sponsor the “Young Designer of the Year Award” to encourage fresh new talent to join the superyacht industry. Perhaps one day, one of these new young designers will be helping create the next-generation Oceancos. Oceanco and Vitters launched an 85-metre by Bill Tripp together this year. Tell us about that collaboration. Is this the start of a new sailing-focused era for you? The 85-metre Aquijo is indeed the outcome of a remarkable cooperation between Vitters Shipyard and Oceanco. We had never built a sailing yacht before and Vitters had never built a yacht of that size before… so we both brought added value to the client. This novel approach to building is as unique as the yacht itself. And yes, Oceanco does have another sailing yacht.


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[ WORK IN PROGRESS ]

WHAT’S NEW 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 Mary Hegarty and Désirée Sormani

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with natural light flooding in from the skylight, which is

Moonraker, and The World Is Not Enough, Mulder

actually the transparent bottom of the swimming pool.

Design’s original brief for this latest concept was to create

The 115-metre is a further evolution of Mulder Design’s

a sleek, modern 115-metre displacement motoryacht. The

renowned signature, albeit given a modern treatment.

design centred around two pivotal features that had a

An imposing forward-raked profile creates a spectacular

strong influence on the project as a whole from the earliest

impact. Once the lines, shape and core layout have been

stages. The first of these elements was a helicopter platform

established, Mulder will move on to focusing on areas such

atop a special helicopter garage on the foredeck, while the

as weight-saving, hull development and optimisation of

second was a spacious beach lounge on the stern. The latter

overall performance, to ensure that this is a very serious

is particularly successful: a massive 18 by 18 metre space

yacht indeed. www.mulderdesign.nl

MULDER DESIGN_115-METRE

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enowned for the high-speed likes of Octopussy,

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CLAYDON REEVES_PROJECT CHUAN

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he Claydon Reeves made a welcome return to the catamaran

space and a design anchored in Asian architecture and tradition.

platform with Project Chuan because of the large volumes

Large swathes of glass in the main deck floor provide a clever view

and design freedom it delivers. Chuan builds on the studio’s 2012

between the hulls that is particularly impressive at night. A beach

Oxygen collaboration with BMT Nigel Gee and evolves the latter’s

area and dive club also unfold at water level between the two hulls

XSS advanced catamaran hull form, which provides the perfect

spanning a record 15-plus metre width. The layout is versatile too,

compromise between performance and sea-keeping prowess for

and can be tweaked to create a large social space or a more family-

a high-speed vessel of this type. The style and layout have also

oriented ambience complete with a large full-beam owner’s suite

been redesigned to spectacular effect. The result is lots and lots of

aft on the bridge deck. www.claydonreeves.com


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SAME CULTURE, NEW HORIZONS

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.

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LOGICAYACHT_ LOGICA 154

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he Logica 154 improves on the recently-delivered 147’s volumes, sea-keeping ability, stability and fuel

consumption efficiency, rightfully claiming her place as the yard’s new flagship with Brenta Design’s stamp clear throughout. The aim was to make the 154 as lovely as a sailing yacht of the same length but with three times the space and comfort. A new open transom and clever “walk around” concept combined with sleek, elegant lines deliver the goods in that regard. Extensively glazed like the upper deck saloon and master suite, the main saloon is one of the largest for a yacht of this class and includes a striking staircase. The owner also has a private foredeck with pool, a perk that was a huge hit on the 147. The lower deck offers unprecedented space, thanks to the plumb bow and 9.3-metre beam. This translates into no less than three VIP staterooms and two guest cabins, making the Logica 154 a very family and charter-friendly yacht

indeed. It also has an ocean-going range. http://logicayachts.com

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DESIGN UNLIMITED_35 METRE

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combination of exciting racing and luxurious cruising are the

also guarantees privacy in berth. Even the lower cabins have large

goals with this 35�metre sailing superyacht, a collaboration

portholes and skylights. Two layouts are available. The first puts

between Design Unlimited and Reichel-Pugh. In the interior,

the master suite forward with a cinema snug, a day head and an

natural materials are given a modern treatment resulting in cool,

additional twin cabin, a generous VIP cabin, central galley and

clean, sculpted good looks. Tactile organic materials lend a calming

crew quarters further aft. The second boasts a spacious, full-

air. The use of the latest lightweight, sound-damping and lifestyle

beam master suite with walk�in closet aft, VIP and twin cabins

technologies add to this. The saloon ceiling is fully glazed to create

amidships and crew quarters forward of the galley and TV snug

a powerful feeling of being poised between water and sky yet it

(which can also be a fourth cabin). www.designunlimited.net


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MASSIMO PAPERINI_50 METRE

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his clean-lined 50-metre was penned by Massimo Paperini

in the much of the sailing sector, efficiency is the product of

and the Duck Design team for a Shanghai entrepreneur.

hull research, rationalisation of masses and the use of weight-

Paperini is a sailing designer first and foremost but also a believer

saving, high-tech materials, rather than the brute engine power

in “technical and stylistic osmosis between sailing and motor

that was once resorted to.

areas,� so this project encompasses many design and technological

Sutainable and recyclable materials, an onboard water treatment

elements shared by both types of craft. High length-beam and

system, electric auxiliary motors, green anchoring and heat

length-displacement ratios combined with fewer, lower decks boost

recovery for onboard hot water mean the yacht can also enter

safety, comfort, range, fuel efficiency and emissions reduction.

marine reserves worldwide.

This hails a whole new design approach in which, as is the case

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ceanco has partnered up with designer Philippe Briand and

The glass-walled saloon affords 270-degree vistas too, while the

his Vitruvius brand on this breathtaking new PYC-compliant

10 guest staterooms have bay windows and the twin VIPs front-

105-metre. Project name Acquaintance is a sharply elegant beauty

facing views. The owners’ quarters on the deck above the bridge

clothed in fine lines that belie her 4302 gross tonnage. Most

deck features a terrace with no external access for complete privacy

significantly, she will be 20 per cent more fuel-efficient than

and security. There are 180-degree views from the aft-facing cabin

other motoryachts of her size despite accommodating 24 guests

and an observation lounge faces forward. Other amenities include

in sumptuous luxury. Her main deck has a swimming pool with a

a beach club, cinema, gym and spa at sea level. Security-wise, there

translucent aft glass panel and glass floor so it can be viewed from

is no exterior access to the yacht once the beach club door is closed.

the yacht’s stern as well as from the skylight in the spa deck below.

www.oceancoyacht.com; info@vitruviusyachts.com

VITRUVIUS YACHTS_ACQUAINTANCE

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RHOADES YOUNG DESIGN_SPIRIT ROYALE 110’

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pirit Yachts’ first collaboration with an outside design agency (Rhoades Young Design)

has yielded the Spirit Royale 110’ motoryacht, a beautiful yet practical wooden build true to the yard’s sophisticated, classic style. The owner’s suite on the main deck has 200° panoramic views with double doors opening onto a private foredeck, a large dressing room with ample hanging space, vanity table, writing desk and a fitted sofa. Two double and two twin guest cabins are on the lower deck. A gorgeous full-height staircase topped by an octagonal glass atrium leads to the main saloon, lower saloon, wheelhouse and guest cabins. The main saloon also seats up to 10 diners as does the al fresco dining area aft on the main deck. Both are suited to cosy family use and formal entertaining. The highlight in the lower saloon is a fold-out hull section that creates a large sunning and swim platform also ideal for boarding from any of the three tenders. A double captain’s cabin, a twin and a comfortable mess will keep the crew happy too.

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HEESEN YACHTS_PROJECT NOVA

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roject Nova is the first of a new breed of Heesen yacht. The

hour, making her the most efficient yacht in her class. Her hybrid

new 50-metre full-aluminium Fast Displacement Hull Form

propulsion system allows her to cruise ultra-quietly at 9 knots with

motoryacht offers the same qualities as the world’s first FDHF,

the main engines turned off too. Frank Laupman’s exterior lines

the 65-metre Galactica Star, but in a slightly smaller package that

are a break with Heesen tradition, while panoramic glass walls

prioritises fuel efficiency over speed. An aluminium hull, small

on the main deck and upper deck create a closer connection with

engines (2MTU x 600kW) and a focus on weight control have

nature. The master suite is forward on the main deck and guests

yielded a remarkable 3,750-nautical mile transatlantic range at 12

are accommodated on the lower deck in a forward full-beam VIP,

knots with just 45m3 of fuel. At 10 knots she drinks just 85 litres per

two twins amidships and two doubles aft. www.heesenyachts.com


MONDO MARINE MC_M60 SEAFALCON

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n exuberantly creative celebration of the yard’s centenary, the M60 Seafalcon is a spectacular 60-metre project that Mondomarine believes

will usher in the next-generation sports yacht. Hull and superstructure meld into one effortlessly futuristic unit topped by a graceful arch aft. Brazilian pen Luis De Basto’s creation exudes elegance and movement and, despite its uniqueness, it retains a sense of functionality and simplicity. There is plenty of al fresco space both on the beach-style platform on the transom, while in the main saloon, the glass side doors slide back entirely and flip-down balconies open out, extending the living space out over the water. There is also plenty of other lounging and sitting space on the bridge, and the sun deck has a hot tub, a wet bar and al fresco dining too. The compactlooking, instantly-recognisable M60 Seafalcon also has Mondomarine’s high- performance hull which means it can make between 22 and 27 knots depending on the engine combination selected.

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1. The Dritto table, made by Salvatori to a Piero Lissoni design, lets the sleek beauty of its stone top do the talking (available in Bianco Carrara and Pietra D’Avola, both

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polished and in the exclusive Lithoverde version). It almost seems to float on its linear, geometric trestle


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4. Arik Levy is the design brain behind the teak and aluminium Shine collection for Emu. 4.

2. This is Love, a sculpture by Chinese artist Xiao Hui Wang for Christofle that represents universal love. Made from bronze with a silver finish, it is part of a limited edition of just 66. 3. Armani Casa is broadening the scope of interior décor collection with the Joe board games which are beautifully and cleverly crafted: the peg solitaire is made from Canaletto walnut while the marbles are alabaster

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The multipurpose sofa, like its siblings in the collection, is just as happy indoor as outdoor


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5. A fairytale in light. That’s the idea behind Apta, a Swarovski chandelier inspired by nature evoking scenes of tree branches blooming with flowers

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6. It’s almost impossible to believe that the silver version of the fun Multi8 candlestick holder dates all the way back to 1947. Now De Vecchi Milano has come up with PVC tubing versions in different colours and finishes

7. Copycat by Flos is designed by designer Michael Anastassiades as: “Two spheres just touch each other. One small, in a precious material, placed under the ‘shadow’ of the large one, in illuminated glass”

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3. The Oompa-Loompa lamps from

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Arketipo are made up of gorgeous glass

has produced the Rock Ambient which

strips that sparkle and bend the light,

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values: high quality materials, advanced

4. Littala has produced two stunningly

technology and artisanal execution

unexpected interior décor products. From the Aarre blown glass collection comes this group of gorgeous wall jewels: you can also hang personal items on them to create a display. Opposite, the Polar Night Owl from the Birds By Toikka collection

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2. Potocco’s Sailing collection designed by Hannes Wettstein spans a chair, stool, sofa and lounger. The frames are steel while the seating and backs are made from woven nautical rope, both PVC-ed and natural (indoor use only)

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6. Available in two heights and five sizes, square and rectangular, these Tray tables by Rimadesio were designed by Giuseppe Bavuso and are an

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invitation to try out different compositions and combinations of finishes: the structure is aluminium while the tops are lacquered glass, walnut or emperador, black marquinia or white Calacatta marble

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5. VG New Trend’s Camaleonte modular candelabra is a very versatile piece. Made from mouth-blown glass, it has a magnet base and a metal plate

8. A set from the La Perla Home Collection in a smoky, marbled grey. A muted moody impact available for sheets, quilt covers, quilts, throws, pillows and towels 7.

7. The Girado chair is organic and sensual. The work of Team7 of Austria, it has a natural wood backrest that’s beautifully polished and runs like a graceful ribbon to the seat

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[ MEGAYACHT ] Built entirely in Turkey and splashed by Sunrise Yachts, this gorgeous 63-metre, which comes from the pen of Espen Øino and Focus Yacht Design, ushers in a new series of innovative giantesses of the sea by Désirée Sormani - pictures by Jeff Brown ©Breed Media

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ou know you’re in for something really different when your

job as a swimming pool. The central area has a large

tour of a megayacht starts at the top. And that was just how it

games table, a chaise longue beside the window

turned out with Irimari, a new megayacht from Turkish yard

and occasional tables, while the al fresco section

Sunrise Yachts which was given her world premiere at the recent Monaco

aft features a mix of sun loungers and large circular

Yacht Show. It proved a fitting choice as she is exactly the kind of yacht

sofas. “The sun deck is a perfect choice for chilling

that needs approaching from a whole new angle. So we boarded, went all

out, socialising and hosting parties,” says Rima Abi

the way up to her top terrace and then made our way back down again,

Chahine of Sunrise Yachts who showed us around

deck by deck. That gave us an immediate insight into the brief the owner

Irimari. “The interior area has unique nine-metre

set Sunrise for this fresh, very different, open-to-the-world new beauty.

span electrical sliding doors that open up fully to

Irimari’s most refreshing yet cosy guest area is set beneath her mast, a

make it feel part of the outside world too.” The

wonderful spot to repair to and simply feast your eyes on the passing

Focus Yacht Design interiors are also original

views. Sporting four generous decks, this 63-metre is clothed in graceful

yet never veer towards the excessive or pompous.

yet confident lines in which curving elements alternate with sharper

They are simply rich in detail. Large volumes and

ones to create a dynamic, eager impact. There also lots of balconies

windows break down the barriers between interior

overlooking the sea. The project was developed by an international team

and exterior on every deck too, yielding a sense of

made up of Norwegian designer Espen Øino and Focus Yacht Design

airy flow. Natural sea and marine element colours

from Germany who worked hand-in-glove with the owner’s longstanding

underscore this floating villa’s vocation and are

captain. The Irimari concept actually cleaves a course for a whole new

cleverly echoed by art works, video installations,

series of 63-metres from the Turkish yard and the second example is

mosaics and wall and ceiling trim. The ceiling in the

already at an advanced stage in construction. One of the most original

lounge on the upper deck is entirely hand-painted in

areas aboard is the sun deck just beneath the fly. This entertaining zone

a copper colour which picks up on the strips used

is divided into three sections: al fresco aft and forward areas and then

elsewhere. It is a wonderfully graceful space with a

a central interior one. The open area forward is shaded by awnings and

white grand piano as it centrepiece. There are also

has a wet bar, a large hot tub with a glass wall which also does a neat

big blue velvet sofas by Divanidea and two coffee


Contact with the sea and fresh air is one of the strongest leitmotifs in this project, resulting in several different balconies, large windows and lots of deck space. Facing page, Irimari in profile: note her abundant glazing and al fresco areas

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tables which can be moved to turn the area into a home cinema. Throughout

indoors from the cockpit on the main deck, guests meet a

the yacht, buttery-soft carpeting, made in Turkey like all the décor features,

12-seater dining room that enjoys a delightful cool breeze

enhances the serene, welcoming atmosphere. Most of the furnishings and

through its open doors. Just on from this in the same

trims were made by Ulutas to Focus Yacht Design specifications. There

space is the saloon area with Flexform sofas.

are wonderfully delicate pilaster strips throughout the interior made of

A starboard corridor leads to the owner’s quarters.

copper, polished steel or even stitched seams in leather walls. Bleached oak,

Marine themes prevail throughout, including in the

Makassar wood, copper, stainless steel, marble, leather, fabric and felt are

owner’s daughter’s cabin which is in various hues of

all used too and form a common structure for a diverse range of marine

aquamarine and cream. The en suite is windowless but

motifs. “The main staircase features an abstract kelp forest scene complete

a glass wall, that can be fogged at the touch of a button,

with moving bubbles on a 16 feet high HD screen”, says Thomas Mühe.

means it is open to the rest of the cabin and so gets

“We spent a lot of time ensuring that it created a film-like effect”. Coming

plenty of natural daylight. The owner’s suite is entered

The aft area of the sun deck has outdoor furnishings by Paola Lenti. When the doors of the central section are all open, it melds with the forward sun deck to create one large entertainment area

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through his office and dominated by a huge king-size bed with a graceful panel as its headrest featuring stylised darting fish, lending it an almost three-dimensional feel. The master bathroom has a beautiful oval bath and a stunning Dornbracht rainforest showerhead. Black and white Turkish marble also

The Captain /Owner Rep. Heimo Tauern

abounds. Obviously enough, there is a fitness area and a hammam aboard, both opening onto the swim platform which is bedecked with Paola Lenti outdoor furnishings. Together with the laterally-developed terrace, this area goes a long way indeed to breaking down any last remaining barriers between man and sea on this lovely vessel.

www.sunriseyachts.com

I’

ve been working with this owner for eight years. In 2011, he started to look around. He wanted to

have something nearly ready, but he wasn’t satisfied with what was around him. Then I met with Sunrise Yachts. In 2012, the owner signed the contract for a new build. I was very lucky to have a lot of influence on the design of Irimari in terms of functionality. I’m an architect myself. I quit my job because I wanted to go on sea, so it was a good combination of skills: I know how a yacht functions and also the important aesthetic side. I briefed Espen the Focus Yacht Design for half an hour and they got the entire concept. Four weeks later they presented some hand-done sketches to the owner. He really trusted in the team and my decisions. When his daughter and wife saw the first sketches, they just said “Yes” right away. The result is a yacht that is astonishing for its simplicity. I completely felt in love with the concept by Espen. Sunrise did a really brilliant job too, even though this was their first 63-metre: three times the size they’re accustomed to. The owner was speechless when he first saw the yacht too!

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Pieces from the VersaceHome collection adorn the dining table on the main deck (right). Textiles-wise the choice fell on Hermès, Dedar, JAB, Christian Fischbacher, Prennials and Sahco. Facing page, the owner’s daughter’s cabin; top, the upper deck saloon converts to a luxury home cinema

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A king-size bed topped by bright Hermès coral motif pillows dominates the majestic owner’s suite as does a red chaise with a reclining headrest. It is faced by two blue chairs. All these pieces are by Ulutus

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Thomas Mühe, Focus Yacht Design The Interior Designers

T

he aim was to achieve something

extraordinary views and connections to

diversity of the interior. We not only used

spectacular and outstanding, but

the outside and allows a lot of light into the

indirect lighting for this but also a number

at the same time suitable for the use as

boat. We emphasised that by using light

of specifically-designed loose light fixtures.

a family yacht and offering tranquillity

modern base colours, such as bleached oak,

The loose furniture is mostly off-the-shelf

and comfort, rather than to create

and contrasting sparkles of colour in blue,

standard furniture, some of it at the request

a mere “showboat”. A yacht to use,

aqua and even red.The main saloon sets

of the Owner’s Rep. In certain areas this

to live and to party on.

the theme for the overall interior and has a

is complemented by loose pieces specially

This was the first time we came in

special interconnectedness with the outside.

designed the project and supplied by us,

contact with this owner but we had

Artificial lighting also accentuates the subtle

such as the coffee tables.

already worked with Sunrise on a 33-metre explorer yacht, for which we did the interior and the exterior design, and became friends during the process. What we admire about Sunrise is the remarkable flexibility of the people who are always eager to explore new paths and accommodate requests. The level of support by the yard is outstanding. Onboard we used a blend of hard materials, like oak and copper, with soft materials, like felt and leather, to achieve subtle contrasts in a confined colour scheme. The yacht features

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This page, some of the sketches of the living area in the main saloon, the owner’s suite and the covered area of the sun deck. Opposite page (from rom left to right: Thomas Mühe and his partners, Henning Krohn and Christian Schäfer

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Espen Øino The Yacht Designer

I

n 2005 we started working on a 45-metre for the shipyard: quite a radical concept, with numerous balconies and openings, inside-outside spaces. It received a lot of

attention from the press, but was never built as they couldn’t found a client for it. Then they asked us for the GA of a new yacht. That project got delayed but in the meantime there was a client who wanted a yacht with much the same GA, and this became the yacht Irimari. The owner wanted a cost-effective yacht with a European design, only built in Turkey. From the outset they had requested large windows which would invite plenty of natural light into the interior spaces and provide unimpeded views out: this is something very close to my own heart. Numerous balconies and exterior spaces were worked into the design. The very large windows on the main deck level and the bridge deck lounge are quite impressive. We sought to reduce the extent of painted surfaces in the superstructure by lowering, where possible, the bulwarks to offer splendid vistas when seated in the saloon. The two rounded arches on the upper deck are distinctive elements. Curved elements

The games table in the

alternate with sharp lines to give a dynamic flow and complement the yacht’s naturally

covered area of the

graceful motion. Balancing the two aspects perfectly was the trick. Irimari also has

sun deck. Opening the

something that you don’t see on many boats: a full-beam sky lounge up on the bridge

latter’s doors creates one

deck salon with a wide view forward. Another innovative and “green” element was the

large entertaining and

extensive use of Estec instead of natural teak. It was interesting working with a captain

communal area. Top, the

who has a design background. The bridge was mostly designed by him: he merged his

informal dining table on

professional skills with his knowledge of design and architecture. One such example

the upper deck

of this is the way in which his conjoined office and cabin are arranged, with a window into the corridor, thereby allowing him to keep an eye on what’s going on.

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The Shipyard Guillaume RochĂŠ, Ceo Sunrise Yachts

W

e met our client’s captain, Heimo

to have a group of such exceptionally

Tauern, at the Dusseldorf Boat

talented people who are also highly

Show through a common friend of ours.

professional and rigorous in their work.

Captain Tauern was looking for a young

The project took 36 months to build and

progressive shipyard to build a new larger

deliver, including design and engineering.

yacht for the owner.

One of the most impressive features is the

Espen is first and foremost a long-term

sense of space in the boat. My favourite

friend who also happens to be one of

area is the sun deck where you could easily

the best in his field. We have worked on

spend your whole day as it has everything

several other projects with him and he was

that you need: a pool, sunbathing area,

the natural choice.

lounging area, entertainment area, etc.

Focus Yacht Design was a choice we

Irimari is the Sunrise Yachts flagship and

arrived at with the client. Our shipyard

will showcase the level of quality

had worked with Focus Yacht Design

and craftsmanship that we are capable

before and so we suggested them to

of offering to the world, while remaining

our client who immediately accepted

a sensible investment.

after seeing their work.

Our cost-to-quality ratio is unequalled

It was a real Dream Team. We were lucky

in our industry today.

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[ FLY ]

ICON OF


FREEDOM

An aircraft that cuts all ties with convention. The Icon A5 has no need of an airstrip, as it can operate anywhere, taking off from a ship - the wings fold up - or jetty. This light, two-seater amphibious aircraft is made of carbon fibre, is easy to fly and inspires unique pleasure and excitement by Sergio Barlocchetti - ph. courtesy of Icon Aircraft

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[ FLY ]

f we limited our description to technical specifications,

take off, float and land on the water, even on waves, without the danger

we would say that the Icon A5 is a light, two-seater

of touching the water with the sponsons, a catastrophic incident for

amphibious aircraft made of carbon fibre with a 100 hp Rotax 912IS

any amphibious craft, or with the landing gear deployed, which would

engine and an overall cost of less than $200,000. Its 75 litre fuel tank

normally cause the aeroplane to capsize.

enables it to fly for around three hours at 160 km/h.

The fuselage shape with wide side platforms helps minimise the risk

To do so, though, would tell only a small part of the story: the icon

of such misadventures, and makes it easy for pilot and passenger to

project, initiated in 2010 with deliveries beginning this July, is intended

board the aircraft after a dip in welcoming bay - because one thing is

for newcomers to the world of amphibious aircraft. As a result, the

certain; the Icon 5 can go anywhere, taking off from a ship (the wings

controls have been made as simple as possible, to suit pilots who have

fold up), airstrip or jetty.

never held a joystick before. Almost 40 per cent of the 500 people

Another interesting feature is that this is the first aircraft with a

who have ordered one of these aircraft so far have never had a single

cockpit designed to resemble that of a PWC, so the passenger has no

flying lesson.

instruments in front to obstruct the view. There is only a small number

The main feature of the A5 is that its basic design concept is not that

of gauges to keep an eye on, a testament to the skilful integration

of a flying boat, an aircraft with a single central hull and based on a

of the avionics. Make no mistake, though - the plane offers all the

wing and an aeronautical formula - it is, in fact, a sports aircraft that

standard equipment, but every effort has been made to ensure that

embodies all the best features of PWCs and marine craft in general,

nothing compromises the aesthetics of the design. All in all, the Icon

combined with specially-developed aerodynamics rather than using

5 is a real game-changer that makes a clean break with aeronautical

already available wing profiles and solutions, a common practice in the

conventions, and is sure to seduce many buyers with its promise of a

light aircraft sector. The Icon includes many elements needed to help it

unique experience. www.iconaircraft.com

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The cockpit is extremely distinctive - the Icon A5 is the first aircraft of this type to have a cockpit designed to resemble that of a PWC, so there are no instruments in front of the passenger to obstruct the view

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The A5 was not designed simply as a flying boat, an aircraft with a single central hull, but as a sports aircraft that embodies all the best features of PWCs and marine craft in general, combined with specially-developed aerodynamics

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[ The CAR ]

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This was the title bestowed on the new Mercedes AMG GT just recently at the Red Dot Awards which have been celebrating the very best of international design for the last six decades. Even the most fleeting glance at the new sports car’s extraordinary lines reveals why by Diego Tamone

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[ The CAR ]

T

he very first Mercedes was a competition

on the track and, in this instance, the road.

Stylistically, the car is a

car that was utterly futuristic in everything

Stuttgart’s latest high-performance sports

brilliantly thought-out

from its technical solutions to its materials and

car recently won the extremely prestigious

design with even the

performance. It set a whole new benchmark on

the Best of the Best category at the Red Dot

smallest details beautifully

the track while writing the first glorious chapter

design competition which celebrates its 60th

executed. A long sleek

in a success story that would lead to the birth

edition this year. Even more impressively, the

bonnet, bubble roof

of the legendary Silver Arrows three decades

Mercedes pulled off the feat just a few days

and signature mesh

later. The Mercedes 35 was a revolutionary

after winning the IF Design Award 2015.

side air Intakes on the

car back in 1900, a time when terms such as

But how has one car caused such a wave of

front bumper in line with

aerodynamics and design had not even been

consensus in the industry and beyond? Well,

Mercedes-Benz sports

mooted for the nascent automobile sector. It

even the briefest glance at its sleek but powerful

car tradition, plus an

may look like a diamond in the rough to our

lines reveals what the fuss is all about. To start

electronically-controlled

modern eyes but despite its relatively primitive

with, the Mercedes-AMG GT is the product of

rear spoiler invisible when

technology, it still brought the company its

some sophisticated teamwork by the various

retracted

first triumphs. Now, over a century later, the

Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios

new Mercedes-AMG GT adds to what has

around the world: at Sunnyvale and Carlsbad

grown into a glorious tally of successes both

in the US, Beijing in China, Sindelfingen in

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The car’s GT moniker is

Germany, Como in Italy. They have produced

bill to perfection when it comes to controlling

the key to its philosophy:

a genuinely seductive model that pulls off the

the power unleashed by a car that is not only

it packs a powerful

remarkable feat of being both dynamic and

almost perfectly balanced (47:53 front/rear) but

mid-front engine in the

versatile at the same time. As only the second

light thanks to extensive use of aluminium and

form of a 462-bhp 4-litre

sports car after the SLS to be developed

magnesium. Aesthetically, nothing has been left

twin-turbo V8 coupled

entirely in-house by Mercedes’ AMG high-

to chance either, with meticulous care lavished on

with rear-wheel drive,

performance division, the Mercedes-AMG GT

even the smallest details. There is no antenna to

an uncompromisingly

is a breathtakingly fast, powerful car but it also

sully the car’s flowing lines. It has a long bonnet

comfortable two-seater

ticks all the right comfort boxes as the modern

whose line flows up and over its bubble roof,

cabin and a very practical

concept of automotive luxury demands. Hence

side air intakes and an electronically-controlled

350-litre trunk

the GT moniker. But this is more than a name,

rear spoiler that’s invisible when not deployed.

it’s a philosophy, and Mercedes acknowledges

The cabin also debuts an innovative Black

that fact with an imposing mid-front-mounted

Diamond finish created by vapour-depositing a

462 bhp 4-litre twin-turbo V8 coupled with rear-

plasma suspension of precious metals at nearly

wheel drive, two comfortable seats and a very

1000 degrees. Incredibly tough, beautiful and

practically-sized 350-litre boot. It also packs the

evocatively named - just like the car it graces.

seven-speed AMG Speedshift DCT which fits the

www.mercedes-benz.com

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[ CREATIVE MINDS: GIANNI ZUCCON ]

THE DESIGN OF ANY SHIP DEMANDS ALL

THE LOVE AND CARE

THAT YOU WOULD GIVE A WORK OF ART.

EVERY SINGLE LINE HAS ITS OWN VALUE by Fabio Petrone - ph. courtesy of Zuccon International Project

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[ CREATIVE MINDS ]

he changing world economy, different lifestyles and perceptions of well-being, an increasingly diverse and international client base, a burgeoning environmental conscience, etc.: all of these phenomena we’ve witnessed in recent years have also brought very rapid change to the nautical world. The way people use their boats has certainly changed as have design trends and styles, so designers and yards, already eager to adapt to clients’ tastes and needs, have equally rapidly developed a new generation of craft capable satisfying owners the world over. Naval platforms have grown both technically and size-wise with design solutions that are a concrete response to owners demanding exclusivity as a function of increasingly fine product quality across the board. Emblematic of this is the work done by Zuccon International Project with CRN, two protagonists who, thanks to over 20 years’ experience in designing and producing large yachts of up to 100 metres,

remain a kind of “dream factory” as confirmed by the Superconero project, a yacht with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure the sale of which was recently announced. “The Superconero and its Expedition and Dislopen Special Edition siblings,” said Gianni Zuccon, “are projects developed using the same naval platform. They are entry level vessels for CRN’s well-heeled international clientele, a group increasingly interested in vessels of around 50 metres but, principally, below 500 GT. We designed them at the request of Lamberto Tacoli (CRN Chairman and CEO - ed), using the semi-custom

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Superconero is featured in the design sketches in these pages. The sale of the 50-metre, which has a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure, was announced recently. Above and right, two sketches of the interiors: natural light is clearly a priority and filters generously through the large windows. Top right, the Zuccon family in its entirety


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[ CREATIVE MINDS ] These renderings show the stern platform and pool aboard the Superconero. It shares a naval platform with its siblings, the Expedition and the Dislopen Special Edition. All three are entry level models for CRN’s international clientele and were designed at the request of the yard’s chairman and CEO Lamberto Tacoli using the semi-custom concept as their starting point

concept as our starting point as that is the best suited to the market’s current dimensions….I’d like to point out too that, thanks to our projects, CRN is one of the few yards in the world capable of offering the level of flexibility and diversity demanded by the market while still retaining the necessary economies when it comes to production and engineering. So we targeted our design work to offer three different 50-metres with specific characteristics and with at least three layout solutions for each for both the exteriors and interiors. That gives potential owners a whole diverse range of choices which will still respect safety, quality and comfort underway. The purchaser will also be delighted to find solutions that are normally only possible on larger craft.” An academic with a career spanning over five decades, Zuccon is a fascinating interviewee with a thousand anecdotes and quotations on the tip of his tongue. His unrivalled experience is also showcased in the boats he has penned: all are elegant, timeless and incredibly innovative. Concepts that should be prerequisites for any contemporary designer, nautical or otherwise.

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Tailor made Italian Manufactory PARQUET and BOISERIE

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[ THE ITALIAN STYLE ]

HYDROTEC

by SERGIO CUTOLO

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Sergio Cutolo’s philosophy is that every technical detail should be designed to be aesthetically pleasing and functionally efficient. 20 years of experience have proved its worth, and now it is embodied by a new explorer vessel by Rick David

E

ngineer Sergio Cutolo’s Hydrotec

achieve in the field of yacht construction. As Cutolo says, “Becoming technical director of

studio has shaped the 300 tonnes of

Baglietto in 1991, at the age of 32, gave me the opportunity to work in a company backed

steel and aluminium of the Darwin Class

by a great tradition and to become involved in the development of so many important

107’ into a craft with a highly efficient

projects. Every day I had first-hand experience of all aspects of yacht construction. It was

hull and a muscular aesthetic appeal. The

an excellent training ground. Every day at Baglietto gave me a year’s worth of experience.

Darwin Class 107’ built by the Cantiere

I’ve worked on many different yachts during my career, some of which were radically

delle Marche is a successful yacht designed

different - from single hulls to multihulls, hydrofoils, trawlers, semi-displacement models

entirely by Hydrotec, and is therefore a

and also sail yachts. I’ve been fascinated by them since I was young. I love the Darwin

symbol of what this design studio can

Class 107’ because I’m sure that explorer yachts are the type that best represents the

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[ THE ITALIAN STYLE ]

ideal for anyone who, like me, has always had a passion for yachts. They’re the perfect balance of sail and motor yachts, enabling those on board to experience the sea to the full by cruising in comfort while being able to enjoy their time in a safe, reliable environment.” The Darwin Class flagship, the Darwin 107’, which we visited during the Cannes Yachting, is a special vessel, an explorer of outstanding build quality made to measure for its owner by Cantiere delle Marche. It also embodies pleasure of a design where function and functionality go hand-inhand with good taste to create a consistently pleasing whole. “We designed the yacht using all the technical and aesthetic characteristics that have made the Darwin Class a worldwide success, creating a concept we believe in strongly

Sergio Cutolo (first photo) is the founder of Hydrotec, which

that provides a new benchmark for yachts of this size. The

this year celebrates its twentieth anniversary. These images

volumes are always generous, both for guests and crew and

show the Darwin 107 by Columbus, which can be personalised

service areas - comparable to much bigger yachts, in fact”.

according to her owner’s wishes. The yacht is the ideal solution

Like all Darwin Class builds, this 107 has also been

for spending long periods on board, as her details embody

personalised to reflect the needs and wishes of an expert

build quality and the pleasure of a design where function and

owner, who spends long periods on board with his family.

functionality go hand in hand with good taste

A yacht for those who are passionate about the sea and sailing - like its designer!

www.hydrotech.it

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Perini Navi and Ron Holland penned this majestic 60 metre sloop, which sports the world’s largest sail and one of the three tallest masts ever built. A masterpiece of technology and craftsmanship for an owner with ambitions to win in competition and to round Cape Horn as he circumnavigates the globe by Bianca Ascenti - pictures by Giuliano Sargentini

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hoever

said

that

“full-custom”

“production”

were

two

and

scene on a whole slew of different levels. Not least in terms of

irreconcilable

her engineering and electronics. Once again Perini has raised

concepts in yachting? The new megasailer

the bar by creating in-house everything required that the market

from Perini Navi, Perseus^3, proves the very opposite is true.

couldn’t provide. That includes new captive winches and furlers

The second of four 60ms series, she is a full-custom yacht

with variable-speed electric motors synchronised by the latest

designed to meet the requirements of a highly experienced,

generation of the in-house Sail Handling System, dramatically

knowledgeable owner who wanted a comfortable, elegant yacht

improving furling and deploy speeds while reducing the tacking

he could sail around the world that would also be sufficiently

and jibing time by over 75 per cent compared to vessels of the

high-performance to compete in and, hopefully, win. A complex

previous generations. There’s also a double transom hatch that

challenge that called for the yard and naval architect Ron

turns into a water-skimming beach platform, as well as a system

Holland to embark on a major rethink of the initial design and

of strain gauges that help monitor sail plan and rigging loads in

make substantial modifications below the water and at deck

real time. The same applies to the control system for the double

level. Because, unlike the first 60m, Perseus^3 is not ketch but

rudders which has three operating modes: cruising, fast cruising

sloop-rigged. Her massive five-spreader carbon mast built in

and racing. Slow, gentle sailing just isn’t part of the deal at all and

collaboration with Future Fibres stands a dizzying 75.8 metres

The side walkways are deeper and safer but,

and is one of the three tallest in the world. That fact alone

because they’ve been emptied, the volumes are

speaks volumes about the owner’s intentions. In a first for a

reduced. The carbon bowsprit – a first on a Perini

Perini Navi, Perseus^3 also sports a carbon bowsprit that not

Navi – allowed the sail surface be increased and

only only allows her to extend her foresails, but also gives her

lends Perseus ^3 an edgy look that brilliantly

an even sportier allure. Perseus^3 is unmistakably a Perini Navi

accentuates her sporty character

but with a personality all of her own. She is unique on the sailing

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even a cursory look at Perseus^3’s 10,000-squaremetre-plus sail suite will tell you why. Described by Doyle USA as the most unusual and challenging commission it has ever dealt with, it includes the A2 spinnaker which, at 2,602 m2, is the world’s largest sail. Doyle actually had to develop a special NayolnDyneema blend cloth capable of dealing with such huge dimensions. Underwater, Perseus^3 doesn’t mess about either with a keel blade that extends from 4.3 to 12.3 metres! All that power and technology is controlled by an 11-man crew whose number swells to 28 in competition. The owners and their guests only need to sit back and enjoy the ride on a yacht on which every last detail has been carefully honed with safety, relaxation and comfort in mind. There is generous sunning space, well away from the working areas, split between the splendid flying bridge, aft area and foredeck, where a (heated where necessary) lap pool with wave system turns into a huge sail pit when racing. The interior is focused on both family and charter use as attested by the full-beam master suite on the main deck which can be divided in two using sliding walls to create an extra cabin. The decor there (as in the four guest suites) is a modern take on traditional maritime styling. The furnishings were custom-built by Perini’s joiners, but the owner has added his own personal touches such as a Louis Vuitton trunk used as an occasional table, an antique Persian rug, a marble-topped dining table beautifully inlaid in precious stones, bronze statuettes of Perseus and Medusa and a large and very stunning head by Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj. Contrary to modern trends, the saloon is not open plan but made up of various areas divided by the furnishings to provide privacy without obstructing views. A low freeboard and gigantic windows give saloon occupants the feeling of skimming over the waves even when seated. Because as Perini likes to say: “The best thing to see at sea is the sea.”

www.perininavi.it

Pale colours, softened angles, leather and wood with blue accents: the décor is very classic. Noteworthy features are abundant natural light, the TV unit separating the dining and sitting areas, the maritime paintings throughout and the stunning Mitoraj head. Opposite, the working side hatch

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Franco Romani / Director of the Perini Navi Group’s Technical and Design Office

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ne day Fabio Perini said: “We should think about something bigger, something different, because it’s time to overhaul the – successful – 56m series but stay under the 500 gross tonnage mark.” That was how the new 60m line came about. We’re very satisfied with the result and we’ve already built four examples, three are sold and one is ready in Turkey waiting for a buyer. To stay under the 500-ton mark, we embarked on a kind of volumetric “diet”, reducing the structure so that it’s 20 cm narrower all along the length which adds up to a lot of volume. We also emptied out the side walkways along the deckhouse. Perseus is a sporty version of the 60m designed for a naturally competitive, expert owner. The concept, structure, sail plan, controls and software were all developed in-house and so she is 100 per cent a Perini Navi creation, yet she is also highly personalised. This is an aluminium (hull and superstructure) and carbon (sail plan) yacht with a gigantic sloop rig that called for some serious team work. The keel was moved, for instance, to balance the sail plan while its deep blade (up to 12m), the narrow hull and twin rudders help boost performance under sail, yet The winches and furlers were designed and made from scratch by Perini. They are controlled by electric motors and sophisticated software, cutting tacking and gybing times by 75 per cent. The 75-metre-plus carbon mast and standing rigging are too tall to pass beneath the Bridge of the Americas

still keep Perseus very stable and balanced. Engineering was another big job: from 60m upwards, we’ve adopted new construction techniques which mean that the plant and engines in the engine room now sit on double base plates to reduce vibration and noise to virtually zero. We also developed a new series of under-deck furlers and winches controlled by electric motors which regulate the line speed to suit the loads amongst other things. Lastly, we invented a simulator that – using a system of strain gauges that read both resistance and attrition – helps less expert skippers to use the hydraulic rudders which are subject to enormous loads.

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The Interior Designers Franco Romani / Chief Design

T

he owner was an existing client and asked for a very comfortable yacht designed and fitted out for long cruises around the world but with no

pointless excess or frills. He’s an expert sailor and knows all the problems of “forced” cohabitation aboard but also had chartering in mind. So he opted for an untrendy but functional layout with the result that the saloon isn’t open plan. To avoid creating a cave-like effect though, there are no dividing walls in the saloon, just groups of furnishings, so everyone can have privacy without losing visuals or a feeling of space. The full-beam master suite was designed using the same principle. It can be divided in two using sliding walls to create an extra cabin while the “his” (dark marble) and “hers” (light marble) bathrooms are separate. The interior is very much in tune with classic maritime tradition but also gives it a contemporary twist: wainscoting, lots of teak, walnut, muted colours with blue accents and leather sofas that impart a warm, lived-in feeling and will only look better as the years go by. In classic Perini fashion, all corners are nicely rounded, the walkways safe, the spaces beautifully balanced, the handrails plentiful and the electronics this generation (LED lights, VSAT broadband as requested by the owner), while vibration and noise levels have been cut to virtually nothing (44 dB at 14 knots). Even the crew mess (with laundry, ironing area etc.) is very comfortable: the old adage that “a happy crew makes a happy owner” still holds true. The huge amount of natural light aboard Perseus is another thing that is quite uncommon on a yacht of this size. It’s thanks to the enormous

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The Perini Navi fulfilled all the owner’s wishes, producing an elegant, contemporary look that alternates dark (teak) and light (walls) while seamlessly melding interior and exterior. Privacy was another priority. The master suite and office can be sectioned off to create an extra cabin using a system of sliding walls. Note the 16th century bronze of Theseus (below)

windows that allow it to literally flood into the saloon and which makes life aboard much more pleasant and relaxing. The owner also added some of his personal possessions, including a bronze of Perseus gazing out to sea. There are also two gorgeous 6-metre jet tenders (one a hybrid) custom-built by Constellation Tender.

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The Shipyard - Burak Akgül, Managing Director Sales Marketing and Design

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egayacht owners have changed in recent years: they no longer just want to cruise, they want to race too, and Perini has adapted by building increasingly fast and

more high performance craft. The new 60m series is the perfect example of that. We have huge belief in this project as it encapsulates all our designers’ and technicians’ experience. In fact, we began on-spec construction of 60-metre aluminium hull some time back so we could offer the market a craft with a shorter delivery time. Perseus^3’s owner didn’t just want to compete, however: he wanted to win. The fact that he chose a 78-metre mast that prevents the yacht from going down the Panama Canal says it all about his intentions. But he wants to do it in a boat capable of circumnavigating the globe in the finest of comfort and safety. The challenge we set ourselves was far from simple: on the one hand, we had to had to reduce weight to guarantee good enough performance in light breezes and, on the other, guarantee efficiency in terms of times and safety. But it seems like we achieved just that: in 13 knots of real wind, we managed to sail upwind at an angle of less than 40° at a speed of 13 knots. During the Perini Navi Cup, Perseus^3 also made 17 knots in 20-21 knots of apparent wind. That’s a really great result for a 60m boat with a displacement of almost 550 T. Naturally enough, the sail plan was developed to guarantee this standard of performance and Doyle created some of the sails specifically for Perseus^3. These include the A2 spinnaker which measures 2,200 square metres and is the largest in the world. Despite this imposing and, more importantly still, powerful sail plan, Perseus^3 is an extraordinarily well-balanced yacht, thanks in part to modifications made below the waterline. So much so, in fact, that her helmsman will always have everything under control. For the last few years we’ve been developing an electronic system that simulates rudder resistance providing the helmsman with realistic feedback and wheel feel in real time.


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The London galleries, like those in Basel and Paris, are a magnet for art hunters who no longer need to travel the world in search of the finest pieces. Instead they frequent the big international auctions. Because even yachting masterpieces can be improved by the right kind of art by Antonella Euli

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rt has the power to lend both personality and individualism to any superyacht. Art lovers will travel the world to find just the right piece be it classical, modern

or contemporary. However, the galleries in Mayfair are usually a solid bet and IDs dispatched by wealthy yacht owners, regularly lay seize to their private viewing rooms and sales. The British capital is the centre of the fine art world and an endless source of rich pickings. In fact, the legendary Italian Tornabuoni Arte opened its London gallery in October with a Lucio Fontana show. “After Florence, CransMontana, Milan, Portofino, Forte dei Marmi and Paris, London’s time has come. It’s an incredibly important market and almost a must for gallery owners looking for somewhere to open across the Channel.” The Tornabuoni gallery space was designed by Marco Casamonti, son of the founder, Roberto and brother of Ursula, who will manage it. “The gallery in Albemarle Street will focus on post-war and Novecento art. The inaugural exhibition (8 October -15 December) celebrates Lucio Fontana through 40 of his most iconic works. Also on our calendar is a group exhibition of Italian masters of the 1950s and 60s, a one-man show for Alighiero Boetti, Luca Pignatelli’s

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London debut and further one-man shows for Arnaldo Pomodoro

and China, converge on it for the Art Basel extravaganza which

and the young artist Francesca Pasquali”. Tornabuoni Arte also

moves to Miami Beach in December and then Hong Kong in

has galleries in Basel and Paris. Although the Swiss city can’t

March. While the Parisian Left Bank galleries are renowned for

compete with the big metropolises, it does still have around

classical art, those just across the river in the Marais cater for

20 modern and contemporary galleries including the world-

more contemporary tastes. The big established players around

renowned Galerie Beyeler. Also each June, more than 250

Place de Vosges exhibit the mega-stars, but the areas around Rue

galleries from around the world including South Korea, Australia

du Vieille Temple, Rue de Turenne, Rue Charlot and the Picasso

Opening shot, a work by young artist Francesca Pasquali at Tornabuoni Arte’s London gallery. Top, a moment from a Christie’s sale featuring works by Warhol and Monet. Left, a painting by Lucio Fontana, an Italian artist to whom the Albemarle Street is devoting a retrospective (8 October -15 December) that will include more than 40 of his most iconic works. Opposite page, some Pop Art


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Museum have plenty of very interesting galleries. Then there are

$100 million. Sotheby’s has also outdone Christie’s in New York

the sales with the autumn season looking particularly exciting.

by arranging no less than four auctions there in November at which

Sotheby’s and Christie’s in London always produce incredibly

500 works will be sold for $500 million. They once belonged to

high-profile catalogues that invariably include works by the likes of

former Sotheby’s owner Alfred Taubman, who passed away last

Picasso, Andy Warhol and Monet. Modigliani is the only Italian on

April, and comprise the most expensive private art collection ever

the list, although 12 bottles of Sassicaia 1985 were sold recently

to go to auction. The top pieces will even be part of a touring

by Sotheby’s in New York for $18,375. Of course, that’s something

exhibition which will take in London, Hong Kong and Los Angeles

of a snip compared to the $49,000 fetched by a Nabucodonosor

before New York. But no one, not even the most resourceful

di Masseto 2007 from the Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, once again at

interior designers, can be everywhere at once, so anyone interested

Sotheby’s in New York! Our own Modigliani is one of the 10 most

in the lots can take part in all the Sotheby’s and Christie’s sales

expensive artists right now too. His Portrait de Paulette Jourdain is

live online and make their bids live.

in the Sotheby’s on 4 November , while the famous Nu couché from

www.tornabuoniarte.it www.sothebys.com www.christies.com

the Mattioli collection is going under the hammer at Christie’s on 9 November – it is estimated that the latter will go for in excess of

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Tabletop trends

by Marta Bernasconi


Versace’s table setting speaks the language of icons, the same philosophy that the brand expresses through its Haute Couture creations. A prestigious Home Collection with a distinctive look that’s also the ideal solution for yacht interiors

n the fashion world Versace has created an iconic language that informs all its collections, enabling the brand to renew its offer while retaining its distinctive style. The same philosophy also underpins the table and home lines - from furnishings to collectibles, fabrics to wallpapers and objects, every item identifies with the original “lifestyle” brand. Here we take a close look at the recent new arrivals Versace has created for the table, embodying every aspect of its “luxury living” concept. The essence of the brand’s style is embodied by the Versace-Rosenthal services for 2015. The Prestige Gala line is inspired by the “Le Vase Baroque” print from Versace’s archives, with an ancient amphora surmounted by two lions. The motif on the porcelain is embellished with gold and platinum details, enhanced by the black and brilliant turquoise in the Prestige Gala Le Bleu version. The Versace Home table line transcends the simple mise en place - its decor offer also involves the home environment that revolves around the core element of hospitality, the table, with the two lines of #Versacehome2015 collection that interpret the concept of furnishing according to Donatella Versace.

Left: the decoration on the porcelain pieces, embellished by gold and platinum details, enhanced by black and brilliant turquoise in the Prestige Gala Le Bleu version

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The VersaceHome table stands in a setting that transcends the simple mise en place. The brand’s decor offer also involves the home environment that revolves around the core element of hospitality, the table, with two lines from the collection that interpret the concept of furnishing according to Donatella Versace

The La Coupe des Dieux line, which includes solutions for

the range is the new sofa with a clean, uncluttered shape, dark

the dining, living and sleeping areas is inspired by Greek

wood frame and soft cushions, upholstered in pure light grey

geometrical shapes, one of the most recognisable symbols of

cashmere with Greek-style embroidery.

the brand’s style. The most significant piece is the chair, with

In Versace’s vision, the art of hospitality is the ability

gentle, sinuous lines and an unusual gold and gun metal colour

to combine the elements on the table with those in the

finish. The second line is called #GREEK and joins Versace

surrounding setting, so porcelain, furnishings and select

Home after its debut at the Versace Donna Autumn/Winter

fabrics all welcome visitors into an atmosphere of elegance and

2015 runway shows. A starring role once again for the famous

beauty. A glance at the table aboard the 63-metre Irimari will

Greek stylemes, now expressed by emojis, interpreting a home

illustrate this perfectly.

collection with a fresh, luxurious appeal. One of the pieces in

www.versacehome.it

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UNITED COLOURS

of FOOD

When art and cuisine, colour and passion combine, the result is sublime. Just like the wonderful creations of Bergamo chef Giancarlo Morelli who adores the sea and brings it to you with a stunning Lobster in Olive Oil by Antonella Euli

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iancarlo Morelli is a brilliantly talented chef. If he were a colour, he’d be a red or a lime yellow, a bit

like the glasses he wears to mask a pure soul. Red like the passion he pours into everything he does, lime yellow to exorcise the natural reserve that makes him unique. Morelli’s no-nonsense Bergamo roots are clear from that natural reserve and unassuming character. However, they are also there in his frankness which can be a little unnerving at times. Such as when he remarked on our first meeting that he couldn’t handle journalists that rave and babble on about food. His prowess in the kitchen has been rewarded by a Michelin star. Morelli spent years wandering the globe before finally settling in Brianza in the North of Italy in 1993. He opened his Osteria del Pomiroeu (the name is taken from the word for orchard in the local dialect) in an old courtyard in historic centre of Seregno where he began creating menus firmly rooted in the local area and its produce but with an international breadth. Rice is probably his favourite ingredient, and tasting one of Morelli’s risottos is like travelling through time and indeed all over the world. It’s a delightful culinary roller-coaster of a ride. Every dish is a whole new discovery, a poetic idea that emerges crisply, velvety or delicate depending on the chef’s metre as he composes the likes of Blue Lobster in Canino Single Cultivar Olive Oil with confit of orange and fennel. “Simple but effective.

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Nosiola Fontanasanta 2011 Vigneto delle Dolomiti IGT Elisabetta Foradori is the perfect wine to serve with Giancarlo Morelli’s mouth-watering blue lobster

You just have to steam the lobsters at 120° for six minutes and once that is done, remove them from their shells. Then you slice the orange, put it in a vacuum bag with its juice, the sliced ginger and salt, and steam at 65° degrees for five minutes. Slice the fennel thinly, place it too in a vacuum bag with the white wine, salt, orange rind and a pinch of ascorbic acid, then steam at 65° for 15 minutes. To make the orange gel, dissolve a tablespoon of potato and corn starch in the cold juice and then add 50g of water. Cook for about 10 minutes stirring continuously. Allow to cool. We are now ready to plate up the lobster with the soncino salad, the sliced orange, prepared fennel, orange gel, Maldon sea salt, dehydrated fennel, oil, shoots and a drizzle of oil. One last word of advice: serve with a Nosiola Fontanasanta 2011 Vigneto delle Dolomiti IGT Elisabetta Foradori. And there you have it: voila!” To return to Morelli’s story, we need to take a step back in time: to the culinary games the family shared to the sacrifices involved in researching and developing, honing his talents around the world and then his encounters with other great chefs from whom he has learned and to whom he has also given. But Morelli is a man of more than one passion. He adores golf and skiing and is now an adviser to the Association of Golfing Restaurateurs and an ambassador for the Chef’s Cup in Alta Badia. The sea, however, is his other great love and whenever he can, he takes his beloved Pomiroeu beyond the confines of Brianza. In summer, he goes to the Phi Beach on the Costa Smeralda. However, he is “taste director” at the Orsa Maggiore in Forte dei Marmi. Morelli also adores art and his restaurant is adorned with works by established and emerging artists. Israeli food photographer Dan Lev’s Colorfood project for Expo 2015 features coloured close-ups of chefs “getting their hands dirty” as they create edible art works. Morelli’s, of course, are a vibrant saffron yellow!

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A radical dynamic design for an extraordinarily elegant and radical yacht. Amels accepted the gauntlet thrown down by Tim Heywood and Laura Sessa to produce a history-making boat with scimitar bow by Bianca Ascenti pictures by Jeff Brown

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hen Tim Heywood talks about the first Amels

and all the detail in the interior of the yacht alongside the owner,”

199, Event, his eyes glow with pride. As the

said Julia Stewart, General Director of Imperial Yachts. The whole

product of ideas and inspirations gathered

design started with an explosively radical concept - what Heywood

in the course of a long and successful

calls a scimitar bow – which set the tone for the rest of the yacht’s

career, she showcases his artistic maturity. Equally, however, she

aesthetic. Her lines sweep back from that steely, solid bow and then,

is a breakaway design that was something of a gamble. That said,

amidships, round into an arch as if to offset the military austerity

the wager has paid off brilliantly. Once the Amels management

of the bulwarks with an almost feminine touch. From there aft, the

got over the initial shock of the design and decided to go with

design changes again and becomes decisive, almost harsh, with

it, Event’s radical design was met with huge applause from the

forms that lend Event a powerfully masculine allure. Her compact

public, press and market alike, ultimately winning a 2014 World

profile makes her seem smaller than a 60-metre but once aboard,

Superyacht Award. “There are curves balanced by sharp angles,

her majestically-designed volumes are brilliantly revealed in all

circular portholes and large rectangular windows. Small surprises

their generosity. As are her sophisticated detailing and complex

and imperceptible differences: this boat has everything!” explains

feats of engineering such as the aft hatch with round portholes that

Heywood and he is absolutely correct. The initial concept for the

opens to reveal a sublimely elegant beach club with gym, steam

Amels 199 was developed in conjunction with her owner, but also

room and dressing room, another gull wing door, forward on the

drew on the expertise of Imperial Yachts who acted as brokers,

main deck, that hides the tender stowage. Large forward volumes

build supervisors and ongoing yacht managers. “We were involved

also allowed Tim Heywood make another audacious design move

to the maximum in the creation of the vessel, and our technical

that proved ingenious: he devoted the entire aft section to guests,

manager was on hand to approve all the technical specifications

carving out stowage forward for the limo tender, the working

The hot tub on the sun deck (above); all the external furniture are by Glyn Peter Machin. Opposite page, the yacht in profile: the scimitar bow is extremely functional, delivering a genuine 60-metre length along the water line that boosts forward volumes for more living space and a softer ride

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Laura Sessa opted for a smart yet practical contemporary look with more formal, “neutral” zones alternating with bright colourful ones, mixing straight lines, spirals and drapes in a kind of perfect chaos that will prove endlessly fascinating for guests

tender and the water toys. The rest of the main deck offers a saloon aft of the dining area and forward, the owner’s quarters. The lower deck accommodates the three guest cabins, the engine room, the galley and the crew area. Aside from a second large deck area (which can be either air conditioned or heated at will), the upper deck has a second saloon with grand piano and two VIP suites plus the captain’s cabin and hightech bridge. The lounge on the sun deck is a quirky touch: it’s enclosed but still wonderfully bright and can open out on both forward and aft: it can work as a corridor, a living area or even a cinema. Entrusted to long-time Amels collaborator, Laura Sessa, Event’s interiors mirror the movement of the exterior design to delicious effect but just enough as pastel colours balance the whole look beautifully. There are different, strong colours for every saloon, lounge or cabin aboard with luxe Louro Faia paired with anigre, Oregon pine and cathedral oak. Marble is used in all the bathrooms. The many deluxe designer brands used aboard include Hervé Van der Straeten, while the silk carpets are by Tai Ping. Apart from some armchairs by Promemoria, Sessa designed most of the furniture which then was made by Metrica. The former left no stone unturned and even the choice of textiles was clearly meticulous and varied with cool, fresh cotton and linen from the Designers Guild, Nobilis and Loro Piana alternating throughout the yacht, while the deck furnishings are the work of Glyn Peter Machin. Not surprisingly, a yacht as sophisticated and brimming with personality as Event could not possibly be expected to make do with just any old RIB for to-ing and fro-ing ashore, so Tim Heywood went back to the drawing board and sketched out the lines of a fabulous limousine tender (subsequently built by Yachtwerft Meyer) that mimics her lines in miniature. Classy is as classy does.

www.imperial-yachts.com www.amels-holland.com

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Left: the owner’s suite with circular portholes, silk carpeting and Loro Piana textiles. The custom furnishings are by Metrica of Germany and include some freestanding pieces such as the cabinet in the lobby, the occasional tables in the saloons and the games table in the lounge. The dining room (oposite page, below) can double as a meeting room

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started the project with an axe bow, a very functional, if brutal, concept which has been used successfully on commercial vessels.

I wanted to take this form and develop it for use on a yacht. I have a reputation for using curved, athletic, feminine forms and developing this vertical bow into the arcing profile I created, was a logical development for me. I then decided to call it the “scimitar bow”. I prepared two design drawings: one with a conventional “clipper” bow and one that was exactly the same design but with the “scimitar bow”. The effect was to totally change the whole look of the yacht, making her more radical and unique. The Amels team were initially rather shocked but later stated that the more they looked at the design, the more they liked it. It was quite a leap of faith for the yard to adopt this design concept, go forward with the engineering development and then take the ultimate step to begin production before finding a client! Each yacht I design is not only a new step forward but is also a culmination of all that I have experienced and achieved in the past. My work has been a continuous development which, I believe, has led to a continuing improvement in my designs. My goal is to create an

The Yacht Designer Tim Heywood

original and unique yacht design that will stand out from the crowd and remain in this forward position for many years to come. If I achieve that I will be very happy! For me the exterior was the most demanding: knowing that this design needed to appeal to a demanding client before I had met him! Event’s owner joined the project a year into the build and requested an enclosure to the sun deck for a games and cinema room. This we readily added and, I believe, it improved the overall function of this deck. It was a great pleasure to incorporate this client’s wishes, a knowledgeable motoryacht owner who had a clear idea of what he wished to achieve and had, by this time, voted for our project with his wallet! I am extremely fond of wing stations: from here you can look forward along the sides of the hull and see the subtle change in its form and look aft to see both its curvatures and those of the superstructure. I know this can be different for different people, but for me, after being bewitched by the Limo Tender, stunned by the pure lines of the mothership, as you step aboard, you feel the quality, from the craftsmanship of the solid teak decks to the mirror finish of the paintwork and the welcoming smiles of the crew. Event in a single word? “Confident” – in every way!

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The bulwarks on the main deck fold out on both sides at dining area level to create stunning balconies over the sea. Note the change in the design with curves and straight lines lending a sense of movement to the yacht

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The Interior Designer Laura Sessa

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he owner was an existing client of ours. We know each other well and that most definitely made the decisions easier during our various

meetings. He was also very proactive when it came to the development of the yacht, just as it should be. The owner is, after all, also the user of the end product, be it a villa, a boat or a private jet. Our job is to guide the client and translate the things they love and want to have aboard into harmonious reality. In the case of Event, the owner wanted an elegant, modern-classic yacht that still had every comfort. There are always many, many sources of inspiration. We definitely had input from the client and we were very keen to create a boat that was in tune with the exterior lines. I got to know Tim Heywood with Amels at the start of the Limited Edition 171 (2005) and I think he’s a fascinating, very able architect but he’s never pushy. A genuine innovator! I have always had a fantastic working relationship with him. Tim is very open to dialogue and changes, and both of us are mad about the Limited Edition 199 as there is great synergy between the interior and the exterior: the clean, linear details make every deck very modern and masculine, while bright colours with pastel tones balance everything. I opted for guest cabins of various sizes with a proper VIP cabin on the bridge deck at the owner’s specific request. The dining area is separate from the saloon because that is more efficient for the staff. The sun deck is an incredibly liveable area for a whole variety of situations: in summer, the big glass doors open out giving the feeling that the interior and exterior are one, while in winter or when it is very hot, they close, creating a large and very liveable cinema space. Even the busy décor was a common choice and I think it is a good thing to alternate spaces with different styles and colours to stimulate the eye and brighten the soul! The master suite completely mirrors the owner’s requirements: very large spaces and excellent outside views. I wouldn’t be able to say what my favourite area is. It’s like asking me what my favourite yacht or design is – it’s just impossible to say. The whole boat is a creature I saw born and grow up!

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Bottom, from left: a spiral staircase leads to the

video systems. Attention to detail is breathtaking

sky lounge. In terms of interior details, each

with even the door handles brilliantly designed:

cabin has its own dominant colour and an iPad

the bathroom ones are crystal.

for guests interfaced with the onboard audio and

Above, a watercolor of the owner’scabin

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The Shipyard - Victor Caminada, Amels Marketing Manager

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vent marks a threefold philosophy for Amels within the Limited Editions range. First, we carefully planned her in terms of size with

her volume of just over 1,100 gross tons, while technically we wanted to deliver an advance with the tender recovery system. Third, and perhaps most importantly, we wanted to push the envelope in terms of her aesthetics, particularly with Tim Heywood’s “scimitar bow” and the fact that, from a distance, she has a signature look but then, when you zoom in, she has many more fine details. The Limited Editions range in general has been incredibly successful – we have sold 30 yachts since the concept was introduced in 2005 with 23 already launched. Two 199s have already been delivered with a third currently in build. I think this shows that the Limited Editions range is an innovation in the 50-metre-plus segment and that we have a very clear product proposition. Our heritage is obviously important, but we are also able to deliver a tremendous amount of value with the Limited Editions yachts: top quality yachts for a much better price than a full custom build and with a very attractive delivery time of approximately two years. We have also built an unparalleled reputation for delivering the yachts on time and on budget, and that’s what owners like. Event also demonstrates another important characteristic of the Amels philosophy, which is that the design is not set in stone. Event’s design also showcases several other innovations – the layout with the tender garage forward means the crew can be pretty much invisible, which is nice for a 60-metre yacht. It also means that the lower deck guest cabins can be linked directly to the beach club aft, while the two VIP cabins on the bridge deck are unusual for a 60-metre yacht.

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ph. courtesy of Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel Interiors

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Less

is more That’s the design philosophy that drives the work of the Milanese architecture and interior design studio which can now also be seen aboard the latest megayachts, including a new 34-metre Sanlorenzo that debuts in the spring of 2016. It will have a very strong cultural identity that draws heavily on beautiful, practical naval interior design that’s doesn’t depend on the wow effect by Désirée Sormani

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Next spring brings the splashing of a new 34-metre Sanlorenzo penned

Above, a rendering of how the cockpit and

by Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel

interior living area have been melded by

Interiors. The launch marks the well-

Milanese design studio on the Sanlorenzo

known Italian architecture studio’s

SD110 (a solution that has also been

first foray into the world of yacht

requested by further Sanlorenzo clients).

interior design. The project came

Left, a design for a guard rail and its finish.

about as a result of Sanlorenzo CEO Massimo Perotti’s firm belief in crosscontamination between the shore-based and nautical worlds. It was he, in fact, who approached Antonio Citterio, who years previously admitted that the yacht sector was “still unexplored but very fascinating territory” for him. However, Citterio is also an immensely versatile architect and designer who has put his talents to everything from spoons to towns, and whose creations grace the catalogues of many of the leading Italian and foreign furniture brands. He also feels very strongly that “there is still a lot to be done in nautical interior design: often times living and hospitality lose out to creating the wow factor.” Citterio’s bottom line is most definitely 128

Below, the master stateroom. Opposite page, top: the saloon with the Grand Repos armchair designed for Vitra; bottom, the Flexform Evergreen tables and sofa


of the “less is more” school, a philosophy that has characterised his studio’s work since he opened it with Patricia Viel in 1999. The duo’s projects have spanned the architecture spectrum from the Bulgari Hotels (Milan, London, Bali) to Premium passenger lounges at the new Qatar Airport, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Milan and the apartments currently under construction at the new Elbphilharmonie complex in Hamburg, Germany. Each one has its own individual identity because the contexts are so different with nature and mood taken as the primary sources of inspiration. This was how the studio approached this commission in the nautical arena. It decided to go against current trends and created a 34-metre for a Scottish owner that is a new twist on vintage yacht styling cues. “Rather than transferring the opulent minimalism of a Manhattan penthouse to boats, as I’ve seen happen before, we salvaged nautical interior design tradition,” explains Patricia Viel, who did the project. “I feel that ‘floating villas’ designed

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owner) Patrizio Bertelli’s yacht, Ulisse. That project followed nautical tradition very closely in its use of materials, rounded forms, the lockers which were soft suspended leather containers, just like the hammocks once were on galleys. We took a similar approach aboard the 34-metre Sanlorenzo: we lavished more attention on the hull forms, emphasising them, panelling the cabin walls in teak to follow the curve of the hull. We worked on the size of the windows and used some of the curved profiles from the main deck. And then we created an extension between the aft cockpit and the living area that breaks down the separation between them. Decor-wise, we chose both ad hoc-designed furnishings and others from the catalogues Antonio Citterio works with (B&B Patricia Viel and Antonio Citterio

Italia, Hermès, Flexform, to name but a few).

(top), founding partners in the

The surface treatments, the aperture volumes,

Milan-based Antonio Citterio

the door hands and the division of the spaces all

Patricia Viel Interiors studio.

provided us with an opportunity to investigate

The studio has close links to the

an area that is nautical rather than residential

Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and

and, as such, has its own rules, culture and

Partners architecture studio and

requirements. The first example will see the

works internationally. Above, the

light of day in spring, but the design has proved

Bulgari Hotel in Milan and, right,

popular and further owners have decided they

the London version

too want the solutions developed by the Milan studio on their boats.” So now it seems the studio can add boats to its “from spoons to towns” tagline.

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This 127-footer is both the largest Truly Classic and most performance-oriented vessel to emerge from the Claasen Shipyard. Her fine detailing and virtuoso lines were penned by Hoek Design by Mary Hegarty - pictures courtesy of Claasen

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lothed in sweepingly classical lines, at first glance the

she wears her power lightly thanks to fine detailing and

127 foot Atalante may look like a beautifully orchestrated

virtuoso execution. Flawless decking joinery, beautifully

symphony of 1930s glamour. But beneath her neat red

crafted deckhouse mouldings and plentiful lounging and

and white boot stripe, the absolutely modern underwater

seating in cockpits sheltered by two removable biminis,

configuration of her gleaming navy hull is at work to ensure

create an instant sense of easy elegance. Nonetheless,

she cuts through the water with absolute grace and speed.

a deep-draught keel, thin foil section, carbon mast and

Nimble enough to “spin on a sixpence� in the words of

rigging, performance-oriented suite of sails and cable-based

her owner, the cutter-rigged sloop is not just the largest

direct steering will deliver the exhilarating speed, agility and

Truly Classic yacht to emerge from the Claasen Shipyard

feedback from wheel every owner dreams of, making her a

but arguably the most performance-oriented too. However,

force to be reckoned with in competition.


A shot that highlights the cutter-rigged sloop’s exquisite lines. Her retro aesthetic hides the soul of a thoroughbred racer, however, as Atalante has been moulded to deliver on her owner’s racing ambitions

Moving inside, Atalante’s warm, classically graceful

subtle luxury. Upholstery, cushions and bed covers in a mix

interiors are the product of a dream team made up of

of timeless royal blue, sky blue and white with splashes of

Claasen’s skilled craftsmen and Hoek Design with pivotal

bright red add a cheery, maritime touch too, mirroring the

input from her own experienced captain and crew. As with

colours used for the exterior upholstery.

her exterior, detailing of the finest quality underpins the

Atalante’s full-beam main saloon is a light-flooded triumph

overall impact. The unstained Sapeli used for the raised and

capable of seating at least 10. It has a separate bar area as

fielded panelling has been polished to a soothing honeyed

well as comfortable sofas, a custom leather coffee table,

glow beautifully complimented by the white painted walls

TV and bookcases. The cheerful dining area in the main

and ceilings above it. The Hamilton Weston custom-

deckhouse, up half a level from the main saloon, features a

designed furnishings further enhance the atmosphere of

main table to port but also two white and blue-upholstered

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seats to starboard with a sliding card table between them.

Moving inside, Atalante’s warm,

Atalante’s owner restricted the number of cabins to create

classically graceful interiors are

fewer but much more spacious accommodations. There is a

the product of a dream team

cocoon-like sense of peace in his cleverly symmetrical full-

made up of Claasen’s skilled

beam suite, thanks to state-of-the-art sound insulation, the

craftsmen and Hoek Design

glow of the wood and the pale blue and white of the linens

with pivotal input from her own

and upholstery. A cosy sofa to port affords a peaceful nook

experienced captain and crew.

for reading or relaxing. An electric sliding door leads

The unstained Sapeli is a perfect

directly to the aft deckhouse where there is a large nav

match with cushions and bed

station with two screens and a pilot berth. However, when

covers in a mix of timeless royal

Atalante is at anchor, the owner uses it as his personal

blue, sky blue and white with

office. In fact, the whole aft section of the yacht has been

splashes of bright red adding a

specifically designed to be easily reserved for his use. Last

cheery, maritime touch too and

but very far from least, two comfortable guest cabins lie

mirroring the colours used for the

side-by-side forward: the large double to port and a twin

exterior upholstery

to starboard. Truly a Classic indeed!

http://claasenshipyards.com

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The Naval Architect Andre Hoek

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he basic concept of the Truly Classic series is semiseries, semi-custom, which saves time and reduces the amount of decisions a client has to make compared to a fully custom boat. It also makes sense financially, due to the economies of scale. Clients choose a basic hull concept that doesn’t change and can see and feel the yacht for themselves, even trial sail it. Atalante is the largest yacht in the range at the moment and has been designed so that her layout is flexible. For instance, Atalante’s main saloon is in between the owner’s cabin and the main deckhouse but the TC127 is designed so that you can also switch the positions of the guest cabins and the main saloon. We also looked into a ketch rig instead of a sloop and an aft owner’s cabin, for instance. Overall, Atalante is a timeless hull with moderate sheer line, highly detailed exterior styling and vast cockpit areas. All the sailing, helming and winch handling is from the aft cockpit, giving the main cockpit area more privacy for guests especially during charters. Atalante’s owner wanted the wheel in the aft cockpit with the aft deckhouse for navigation when the boat is sailing. He specifically wanted a yacht that could sail long distances in the Pacific or other remote areas. Furthermore he wanted to use the yacht for bucket regattas and superyacht cups, so she has a relatively deep fixed keel with a wide bulb giving her a good edge upwind. The decision to increase her length from 115 to 127ft enabled us to add a separate laundry area as well as a starboard flex cabin that works as a captain’s office during owner use and doubles as a single cabin for a stewardess during charters. Atalante is also a good example of the Hoek Classic above and modern underwater configurations we started developing in 1986. More than 100 33 to 210 ft craft have been built to this concept and these are the yachts we are most passionate about.

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The Interior Designer Andre Hoek

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talante’s interior styling is very similar to the owner’s previous yacht, a Truly Classic 90, which was also done by our office. We had a close working relationship with him. He wanted a warm, functional interior in line with the outside of the yacht: in other words, timeless and classically styled but with the use of modern materials. I feel the interior and exterior styling blend very well, both in style and atmosphere. Their time periods are historically quite similar, creating a sense of holistic unity. Generally speaking, attention to detail and sourcing of the materials, such as the Sapeli Mahogany used throughout, was top of our list of priorities. Atalante’s interior is designed both for cruising and for charter so the steering wheel is in the aft cockpit, creating privacy for guests in the centre cockpit. The interior layout changed a little bit during the design process - we added a section of approximately 10 feet to incorporate an extra crew cabin/ captain’s office as well as a separate laundry. The main saloon

is aft of the main deckhouse and connected to the owner’s cabin, just aft of that. As far as we know, this is the first time that this has been done. The reason behind it is that when the owner is sailing without guests, he basically can have half the boat to himself. The full-beam main saloon becomes an extension of his cabin, creating a huge suite. This is my favourite part of the interior as it can be used by the owners, but also to host parties. The overall result is stunning. The interior looks very large for a yacht this size and every inch of the space has been utilised. This can be seen in small things such as the vanity table with integrated mirrors and the cutlery storage drawer in the main deckhouse, among other things. It is also very bright, thanks to the white upper panelling and lots of natural light.

These pages, interior sketches. The owner wanted a warm, functional interior in line with the outside of the yacht: in other words, timeless and classically styled but also using modern materials

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The Owner Representative Nigel S. Ingram

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aving sailed his previous 90ft Atalante for several years, I believe that the owner was ready for something larger that offered

somewhat more space and comfort. Also, his crew were an important part of the success of the first Atalante and he wanted to make sure that there was sufficient space and service areas to allow them manage the larger yacht and larger crew. The previous Atalante had been an enjoyable build experience and a successful cruising yacht, so when the time came for a new build the owner elected to largely bypass the usual bidding process and go directly to the same team that produced the original yacht. That was principally MCM, Hoek Design and Claasen Shipyards but also some important suppliers such as North Sails and Offshore Spars. The owner was very closely involved in the design of the yacht, both inside and out. Systems development was largely by the build team but also with the owner’s input. Simplicity and reliability were important factors, as well as the need for comfortable spaces for owner and crew. The crew were fully consulted from the start of the project and were an integral part of the build team. The owner is more than happy with the new yacht - the build quality, spaces on board, interior decoration and her overall look and feel. He is particularly happy with the yacht’s performance under sail, which is fast and balanced. Atalante was on display at the Monaco Yacht Show. Principle cruising grounds will be Mediterranean and Caribbean with the capability to travel further afield at any point. An occasional superyacht regatta will also be part of the programme.

Two sensational shots of the yacht by night. The cockpit acts as a romantic seafront terrace with plenty of corners for hanging out n company or simply relaxing

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The Shipyard Joachim Kieft

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t is always a great opportunity to build a second yacht for a repeat client. When a client gives the order to build a yacht, it’s

about trust and confidence. For us, it meant the client enjoyed the first TC90 Atalante to the maximum, and was convinced about the yard’s capabilities, which made him decide to build the new 127ft Atalante with the same team - Claasen Shipyards, Hoek Design, Nigel Ingram of MCM - and suppliers. Our goal is to have clients who are ambassadors for the yard - potential new clients appreciate the fact we’ve established such a relationship with the owner of Atalante. As we had known the owner and the crew of Atalante for several years, we knew their expectations during the build of the new Atalante 127ft, which gave us the opportunity to maximise the construction of this new yacht to their specific wishes. They both shared their experiences with the first TC90ft Atalante, and this input helped optimise the new 127ft Atalante. We have also built more than 30 yachts with Hoek Design, mostly Truly Classics, which are also doing very well in the superyacht cups. However, during sea trials for each new yacht, our technical team checks what can be improved to optimise the next yacht from a performance and technical point of view, so we are always improving our yachts. Future TC 127s will have the same hull shape as Atalante, but the interior layout and styling can be changed as every Truly Classic is a custom design. For example, the guest cabins could be located aft of the deckhouse instead of in the front. Two helm stations between the two deckhouses can be installed also, which means the winches will move forward, creating a more private area for the owners in the aft cockpit. A retractable keel instead of a fixed keel is another possibility.

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xplore, create, navigate. Fulvia Tissi’s career path has

been driven by a sense of keen curiosity and discovery. It’s no coincidence that she crossed paths with Carl Vaar, a hugely experience luxury yacht captain, a meeting that produced her latest collaborative effort: Vaar, a specialist furnishing and living solutions brands for superyachts of which Tissi is art and creative director. The brand takes its inspiration from the Modernist movement of the 1920s and 30s (simple, cool lines executed with very precise materials). Vaar’s style is still quite eclectic, marrying functionality, simplicity, while extreme elegance is the focal point. The secret to reconciling these three factors starts, according to Tissi, with the materials themselves. “My choices in that regard are influenced by a strong connection with tradition but also broaden out into new, much more innovative possibilities. I started with teak but then it became difficult to find the high quality stuff. So I currently use a lot of mahogany. It’s very satisfying and excellent for a variety of finishes. Oiled mahogany, for instance, is stunning both solid and as a veneer on curved surfaces. I like combining metals with wood too, such as brushed steel and untreated oak. I have a real weakness for titanium which weighs around 40 per cent less than

Fulvia Tissi starts each new commission by listening to her client’s needs: the new trend is for unusual combinations such as untreated oak and brushed steel furnishings or beautifully stitched leather (see left), which demand specialist craftsmanship. Right, sketches for outdoor furnishings

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The Varr collection is to be found on some of the world’s most fascinating megayachts. The pieces are captivatingly designed, effortlessly enhancing the spaces aboard these floating villas. On these pages, some examples of the Vaar furniture: the Poppey chairs aboard Prima (above), the Bellini chairs aboard Polaris 181 (below), the Burano sunbed aboard Numptia (opposite page, top) and the seating in the Como cockpit

metal. It’s tough, corrosion-resistant and antimagnetic. It likes metallic paint but it can also be left natural.” There is a growing trend for untreated materials among owners, and also unusual combinations. “Of late I have noticed that certain unusual trends are particularly popular: untreated oak and brushed steel.” But bespoke is second nature to Vaar: “Custom work is one of our strengths and really a prerequisite of anything of value and so a large part of what we do.” Speaking of the challenges posed by bespoke work, Tissi simply says: “The greater the effort, the greater the satisfaction!” An attitude that will serve her well on her latest project, an 80-metre for an emerging yard.

www.vaar.mc

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A DOUBLE Think it’s impossible to combine a catamaran and single hull? The degree thesis by two young Italian yacht designers says you’re wrong, and their 20-metre “mono-multi” will prove it! by Bianca Ascenti

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eople have been talking for years about

were he began to encourage us - so much so

combining single and multihull designs

that we dedicated our thesis to him”, says

in a yacht that offers the advantages of

Andrea, who as well as racing frequently

both. There have been plenty of proposals,

in the Laser and Optimist classes has also

but until now nobody had managed to

worked on yachts travelling to and from

crack the problem. However, the thesis

boat shows. He has also trained with Perini

prepared by two young yacht designers

Navi and Sly Yacht. Giorgia, on the other

may have brought the solution a step closer.

hand, has worked at the Mariotti Spa

Right, Giorgia Oddo from

Giorgia Oddo from Sanremo and Andrea

and Azimut-Benetti yards and in the eco-

Liguria and Andrea Guarino

Guarino from Naples both studied naval

sustainable materials research department

from Naples. They are both

and nautical design at the University of

at Warwick University (UK). The pair

studying naval and nautical

Genoa, where they fell under the spell of

jumped at the opportunity to develop their

design at the University of

professor Anthony Lee, a designer who

design, and the result is the Doppio Sogno

Genoa. Above, the Doppio

has spent many years researching the idea

(Double Dream) concept, a 20-metre

Sogno concept, the subject

of a “transgender” yacht. “Giorgia and I

variable-beam catamaran that could open

of their thesis, a variable-

plunged head first into the subject, and

a new chapter in the history of yacht

beam 20-metre catamaran

when Prof Lee saw how enthusiastic we

design. Multihulls offer many advantages

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These pages show renderings of the Doppio Sogno concept for a variable-beam 20-metre catamaran. After a careful analysis of multihulls and single hulls, the two designers came up with this catamaran, whose beam can be reduced from 10 to six metres. Excellent for mooring, launching and sailing in areas where a shallow draught is required

over their single hull counterparts - as they

a draught of 1.70 metres and weighing 20

are twice as wide, they offer huge amounts

tonnes, is configured for charter use - it is a

of living space, for example. They are also

well-balanced design, and the interiors also

more stable, ergonomically efficient and safer

reflect the experience the two designers have

under sail. Their shallow draught makes

acquired in the large yards. The deckhouse

them ideal for charter work (they can almost

in the central area of the yacht has large

sail onto the beach). However, they are not

windows, creating bright, airy interiors.

so popular in Italy and the rest of Europe,

This space is the focus for life on-board and

mainly for financial reasons - marina

features a comfortable dinette, large galley

mooring fees for a cat are 30 to 70 per cent

and chart area, while in the open air guests

higher than for a single hull yacht. How

can relax on the sunpads or take advantage

can these factors be reconciled in a large

of the beach platform to enjoy a dip in the

craft? “First we took a close look at single

sea and climb back on board in safety. The

and multihulls, and after assessing their

two hulls host the accommodation, with

benefits, defects and problems regarding

two VIP and two guest cabins, both double

comfort, safety and cost we developed the

and with ensuite head, plus two couchettes

concept of a catamaran based on the ability

for the crew. Privacy is enhanced by having

to reduce maximum beam when mooring

the crew use the bow entrance, leaving the

or sailing in areas where such a feature may

aft entrance for the owner. The concept is

be useful or even necessary�, the designers

intriguing, and the two designers assure us

explain. To achieve this objective and make

that it has also received the blessing of naval

it possible to narrow the gap between the

engineers, who have judged it to be a feasible

twin hulls Giorgia and Andrea had to reach

idea. All they have to do now is find a yard to

a compromise, with four hydraulic pistons

transform it into a real-life yacht. Any offers?

reducing the yacht’s maximum beam from

and.guarino@gmail.com

10 to six metres. The Double Dream, with

giorgina_od@hotmail.it

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[ HELICOPTER ]

A PERSONAL DRAGONFLY An ideal mono-turbine vehicle for corporate/VIP transport or training, ambulance work or firefighting missions - that’s the made-to-measure Marenco Swisscopter Skye SH09, which also available with a transparent floor for a unique flying experience by Sergio Barlocchetti picture by Photo Marenco Swisscopter/Andrew Shahidi

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he Marenco Swisscopter Skye SH09 is a single-engine, multi-mission light

helicopter in the 2.5 tonne class, with a design based on innovative aesthetic and functional criteria. Its story began in 2007 in Switzerland, and the prototype made its maiden flight last autumn, with seasoned test pilot Dwayne Williams at the controls. An exciting result for a project whose development went back to first principles. Quiet running was one of the desired characteristics, a specification achieved by the solutions chosen for the tail rotor, the

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[ HELICOPTER ] Outstanding performance specs: cruising speed of 270 km/h (145 kts), range 800 km (430 nm), if auxiliary fuel tanks have been installed. Power is supplied by an 890 hp continuous (1,020 hp maximum) Honeywell HTS900-2 turboshaft with FADEC total digital control

type of Fenestron and the five blade main

The corporate/VIP version can be equipped

mounted. The engine chosen is a rotary wing

rotor - all carbon, like the helicopter body.

with a totally see-through floor that provides

propulsion unit in this category, the 890 hp

The cockpit can be configured according to

a unique flight experience and spectacular

continuous (1,020 hp maximum) Honeywell

the client’s wishes with six to eight seats,

views. The helicopter’s performance figures

HTS900-2 shaft turbine with FADEC total

while the fuselage has a pilot’s hatch, sliding

are also good, with a cruising speed of 270

digital control. The cockpit is equipped

side door and double cargo doors at the rear,

km/h (145 kts), and a maximum range of 800

for one pilot, managing the craft with an

an essential feature for the emergency roles.

km (430 nm), if the auxiliary fuel tanks are

integrated digital avionics platform specially developed for the SH09. This enables anytime operations using instrument-only flying and light-intensifying night vision goggles. Marenco’s aim is to offer a light singleturbine aircraft that can handle corporate/ VIP transport, training, emergency situations and firefighting missions, positioning itself in competition with Airbus Helicopter and AgustaWestland in the single engine sector while offering more opportunities for made to measure personalisation. The helicopters are priced at around 3 million apiece and the company has already received 53 orders, with delivery scheduled for spring 2016.

www.marenco-swisshelicopter.ch

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[ TENDER ]

A full-custom tender right down to its interiors with a choice of luxe finishes and leading-edge accessories. Designed by Vripack and built by Xtenders for an ultra-high tech result

SOPHISTICATED FROM A TO XTENDER by Fabio Petrone

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he word “megayacht” conjures up very particular visions of luxury. However, certain

other vessels are powerhouses of technology whose exclusivity relates to their construction as well as their onboard solutions. This Limousine Tender is one such beauty. The concept is by Vripack but she is being built by Xtenders, the Dutch yard headed by Olympic sailor Herbert Dercksen which specialises in high tech, high spec tenders with composite hulls built to the standards of the most high-performance sailing yachts. That means carbon-fibre, pre-preg, of course, to guarantee superior mechanical properties, as well as an extremely light hull to the undeniable benefit of performance and fuel consumption. More the sort of build we’d expect from a very sophisticated yacht than a tender. But this is a Limousine Tender and, as such, absolutely custom in terms of her interior layout, the shape and arrangement of her seating, her ultra-exclusive leather and textile upholstery and trim, accessories (there’s even a cigar humidor and wine cabinet) and exterior livery worthy of any mother ship. www.vripack.com www.xtenders.com

A selection of renderings and a sketch of the interiors by Vripack. The tender is built from layered carbon-fibre fabric pre-impregnated with catalysed resin

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HIGH TENSION

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This Hurricane will blow your socks off. A cross between minitender and water toy, it will tempt those in search of a full-on experience of the sea and open-air life as well as youngsters (and oldsters and everyone in between) thirsting for a speed rush. In perfect safety of course! by Fabio Petrone


In these images, the hull’s high sides and distinctive shape provide safety and a smooth sailing experience even when impacting waves (opposite page). Its unusual design makes this an intriguing water toy

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his strange, streamlined object, resembling a sleek, powerful sea creature, is in fact the Hurricane, made by SeaWarriors. This unusual

craft has the stability, comfort and seaworthiness of a motorboat and the speed, agility and fun of a jetski. The Hurricane is designed to appeal to anyone looking for a high-intensity experience of the sea and the open air without the demands of a fully-fledged boat, as well as youngsters seeking the white-knuckle thrills of speed and stunts in the open sea while still enjoying a safe, dry driving position. It’s all down to a deep-V hull typical of larger craft, and two side bodies like fins or wings. These provide lift and help provide stability during tight turns at full speed. They also help to make boarding and disembarking easier for passengers. The high sides and distinctive hull configuration create a safe experience and smooth seaholding, even when impacting waves. The Hurricane is available in basic and deluxe versions, in fibreglass or with an optional carbon body. Top speed on the plane is more than 40 knots! Thanks to a recent partnership between Tenders.Toys, the worldwide exclusive distributor for Hurricane and Phillip Plein, an emerging fashion and lifestyle brand, the Hurricane is now also available in a limited edition

bearing the talented young stylist’s brand. www.tenders.toys

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[ The WATCH ]

INIMITABLE Fro m t h e B i g B a n g to h a ute j o a il le r i e: H u b lot l a u n ch e s t h e U n i co, a n ul t r a - lu xe anniversar y model adorned with 40 carat s of diamonds. And a million-doll ar price tag by Paolo De Vecchi

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o mark the 10th anniversary of the launch of its iconic haute horlogerie Big Bang collection, Hublot has created a spectacularly unique limited edition. Let’s start with the price tag: $1 million per watch, with just a tiny number being made. The column-wheel chronograph movement driving said timepieces is also a cut above, as hinted in its Unico moniker and the fact that it was developed and is made entirely in-house. Aesthetically, the watch is nothing short of an haute joaillerie

masterpiece. Diamonds are the order of the day and adorn the entire case in a variety of settings and cuts. The overall effect is deliberately and sumptuously baroque.The impact is further heightened by no less than three different and highly complex setting techniques: invisible setting, Clou de Paris setting and rail setting. Also, for the meticulouslyrealised Big Bang “10 Years� Haute Joaillerie, Hublot has created its first bezel set with invisible inverted trapeziums which is an extremely challenging achievement as there is nothing at all between one baguette and the next. And, for the first time, the counter surrounds are set with 62 baguette-cut diamonds. All in all, each watch is a dazzling creation featuring 132 baguettes on invisible-settings, 127


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AMONDS [ The WATCH ]

The Hublot Big Bang Unico Haute Joaillerie: it features a completely diamond-encrusted white gold case to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the model’s arrival. There are three versions in all featuring diamond, blue sapphire and ruby indices respectively. Powered by an in-house automatic chronograph movement, the new Big Bangs have a time reserve of 72 hours

rail-set and 394 Clou de Paris-set. That comes to a total of approximately 40 carats, if the 33 diamonds adoring the white gold clasp of the alligator strap are included.This extraordinary limited edition is also flanked by others more focused on astonishing functional performance than purely aesthetic virtuosity. Taken as a whole, they are

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Hublot’s celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Big Bang, a model that caused a huge flurry in the sector on its launch. What set it apart from its contemporaries was not just its instantly-recognisable design but also the then-unusual materials the maison chose for it, combining, for instance, gold and ceramic, gold and carbon-fibre, steel and ceramic, denim and diamonds. It even developed a special scratch-resistant gold alloy, Magic Gold. But the Haute Joaillerie edition makes no bones about its focus: nothing radical, just the ultimate in luxury, the most prized of all materials, diamonds. www.hublot.com


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[ JEWELS ]

Stars

GL I TTERING

by Beatrice Galbiati

The Greeks believed that diamonds were fragments of stars fallen from the sky, or the tears of the gods. According to one legend, they form the perimeter of an inaccessible valley in central Asia, guarded by hawks. Or the tip of one of Cupid’s arrows, with the magical power to inspire burning passion in their victims, leading to the idea of the diamond as the eternal symbol of love. Rare and precious because only a few have survived their journey from the depths of the Earth to the surface when, billions of years ago, the elementary forces of heat and pressure brought about the miraculous transformation of common carbon into diamonds. Not legend, but cold, hard fact. Whatever the case, between legend and knowledge, there can be no doubt about one thing – in the words of the song sung in 1953 by the sexiest, most explosive blonde in movie history, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. Her hair was brown, too, when she was born, but was later transformed into an irresistible platinum. Pure coincidence?

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1. A cascade of eleven hearts in line for these diamond earrings from Pederzani. 2. A wonderfully delicate look for the floral Damiani brooch in white gold and full pavÊ diamonds. 3. A touch of beige to offset the total white – the ring by Giampiero Bodino in diamonds and white gold with 19th century engraved chalcedony cameo. 4. Quintessentially feminine, the Noeu bracelet in white gold and diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels resembles a ribbon tied around the wrist. Opposite page: from the High Jewellery Collezione Giardini Italiani by Bulgari, the Riflessi Magici necklace in white gold with drop-cut, round and pavÊ diamonds.

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[ YACHT CLUB ]

YACHT CLUB COSTA SMERALDA

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Supremely elegant yet functional, the yacht club founded by His Highness the Aga Khan overlooks the Porto Cervo Marina. Although it still has a strict dress code, it was inspired by a desire to develop of the sport of sailing through the organisation of leading international sporting events. An approach that has also been “exported� to the Caribbean where the Club has its winter base on the island of Virgin Gorda by Bianca Ascenti

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[ YACHT CLUB ]

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wild, unspoilt corner of paradise ruffled by a myrtle-

the Club uniform is compulsory for formal events, prize-giving

scented breeze and lapped by an emerald sea. That’s

ceremonies and when members are officially representing the

exactly how the stretch of coastline in north-eastern Sardinia

Club. The tie is part of the uniform but can also be worn with

looked to High Highness the Aga Khan who came there in the

other outfits. The YCCS philosophy of organising high-level

1970s in search of a unique place to bring together “lovers of the

international competitions to foster the growth of sailing and

sea and nautical sports”. Not surprisingly, he fell instantly and

the impeccable service it also provides both at sea and ashore

helplessly in love with the area. The Prince’s farsightedness and

were “exported” to the Caribbean in 2012, after the Aga Khan

vision ultimately led to the creation of the Costa Smeralda, now

chose the beautiful British Virgin Island, Virgin Gorda, as

the world capital of yachting. Completely redesigned in 2000 by

the location for the Club’s winter headquarters. Blessed with

New York architect Peter Marino, the YCCS Clubhouse reflects

crystalline waters, soft white sandy beaches, islands that act as

the character of the club which melds a determinedly sporty

natural marks during regattas, a cool, steady breeze and friendly

vocation and an austere elegance underscored by enormously

locals, Virgin Gorda might easily pass for Sardinia if it weren’t

valuable collections provided by the Aga Khan spanning ancient

for the locally-inspired design of the Clubhouse. The marina on

nautical charts, ivory model ships, contemporary America’s

the shores of the North Sound is well up to the standard of Porto

Cup oil paintings and fossils. Also available to members is

Cervo and can welcome up to 38 yachts of up to 91 metres (with

an accommodation wing comprising 24 tastefully furnished

a draft of 9). Perfect for cruising the Leeward Islands or taking

suites, a bar (head barman Danilo is a considered a national

part in one of the international regattas organised by the YCCS

treasure), a fine-dining restaurant (the glassware is by Baccarat)

for its members during the winter months. From the Rolex

and a panoramic swimming pool around which gala dinners

Swan Cup Caribbean to the RC44s, the Loro Piana Superyacht

and members-only events are held during regattas. As befits

Regatta and Oyster Regatta, Virgin Gorda has played host to the

a club with such a strong bond with the sea, the leitmotif is

world’s finest competitions over the last three years and looks

azure blue, an homage to the exquisite ceramics of Sardinia

set to broaden its scope still further as time goes on.

and, of course, Azzurra, Italy’s first America’s Cup challenger in the 1980s which was affiliated to the YCCS. Overlooking Piazza Azzurra, the Club encircles the whole of the Porto Cervo

The philosophy that inspired the Costa Smeralda project centres

Marina, its boutiques, bars and restaurants. Although less strict

around developing the sport of sailing through the organisation

than many other institutions, the dress code is firm: after 7.30

of leading international events and the providing of impeccable

p.m. long trousers, shirts and polo shirts must be worn, while

service both ashore and at sea to its discerning members

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Via della Marina, 07021, Porto Cervo (OT), Italia Founded: 1967 Main regattas: Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Settimana delle Bocche, Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, Perini Navi Cup, Rolex Swan Cup, Dubois Cup, Veteran Boat Rally, Smeralda 888 Members-only berths: Marina di Porto Cervo, YCCS Marina North Sound, Virgin Gorda (BVI) Club colours: blue, white and red Outposts: Virgin Gorda (BVI) Members: 604 www.yacht-club

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A BRAND EXPORTED TO THE

CARIBBEAN T

he Yacht Club Costa Smeralda is much more than just a yacht club. I is an international brand, a business. It’s also somewhere one will

encounter owners of rare sophistication, where the principles of haute hôtellerie go hand in hand with gentlemen’s yachting and the Italian lifestyle. It is no easy task to keep this complex organisation machine working smoothly, particularly as it now runs 365 days a year after the opening of the winter clubhouse on Virgin Gorda. This is why, as Club Commodore, I take a business management-style approach, assigning specific duties to competent individuals. Much has changed since the 1970s, when His Highness the Aga Khan had the incredible vision to transform this marvellous little corner of the world into a sailing and yachting paradise. The philosophy that inspired his vision remains the same, however. In fact, it has been brilliantly “exported” to the new YCCS winter base at Virgin Gorda. The Clubhouse in Porto Cervo was completely redesigned at the start of the new

millennium by New York architect Peter Marino, who penned its current, sublimely elegant concept. We like to say that we have the most beautiful (natural) regatta course in the world and, thanks to the professionalism and experience of our sporting director (Edoardo Recchi), we can meet the needs of very diverse assortment of competitors. Our 600 members include

Although barely three years old, the Virgin Gorda base has

owners of some extremely competitive racing yachts as well as superyacht

played host to the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean, the RC 44s,

owners who also like to do a bit of racing. Virgin Gorda was the Aga Khan’s

the Loro Piana superyachts and the Oyster Yachts regatta,

idea: the island is reminiscent of Sardinia is certain ways while in others

and we are already planning further high profile events

it is still quite wild. The Caribbean Clubhouse is owned by the Aga Kahn

in partnership with the clubs we are twinned with

(the Porto Cervo one belongs to the members - ed ) and the Marina in the

(the New York Yacht Club, Yacht Club de Monaco, Royal

North Sound is managed by the YCCS. It can accommodate 38 boats of up

Yacht Squadron at Cowes and the Norddeutscher Regatta

to 91 metres and we also have an excellent restaurant”.

Verein in Hamburg). Left, Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo

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CHRISTOPHE by Cristina Griner

HARBOUR

A new yachting hub has opened its doors on the island of St Kitts, the Caribbean’s latest up-and-coming nautical destination

T

he yachting golden triangle between St Martin, St Barth and

debut from a location that is perfect for island-hopping under

Antigua has just been set with a brand-new gem. Christophe

sail, has superyacht-friendly legislation and the kind of culture of

Harbour extends over more than 2,500 acres along 13 miles of the

hospitality that has impressed owners, captains and managers alike.

coast of the island of St Kitts. At the heart of the new resort is an

Christophe Harbour is the brainchild of Charles Pinckney “Buddy”

elegant marina which officially opened its first 24 slips for up-to-

Darby III, the visionary owner of the Perini Navi, Andromeda la

65-metre yachts last spring. A total of 300 berths will eventually

Dea, who worked with a team of designers, architects, engineers

come on stream, catering for craft of up to 90 metres. A stylish

and urban planners to create this ambitious project. The Marina

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at Christophe Harbour itself was, however, developed by

(a private jet terminal is also planned).

Aeneas Hollins, a highly experienced captain with a thorough

There is a splendid choice of residential options too. Some

knowledge of the superyacht world. Built in a natural, sheltered

homes overlook the harbour and others the Sandy Bank Bay

harbour, the Marina’s well-designed, well-served berths are

beach. The new Ocean Grove quarter also offers turn-key

generous at 18 metres wide with water depths of 5-6 metres.

holiday homes fully furnished in classical Caribbean style.

There is 360-degree assistance and 24-hour security to boot.

At the very highest end of the scale are the large villas at the

If you purchase a berth – prices range from 1,875,000 to $3

Windswept Residence Club. Foodies will be delighted to hear

million – you are automatically granted citizenship by the

that chef Damien Heaney whips up intriguing local fare at the

government of St Kitts and Nevis without any residential

Pavilion Beach Club on Sandy Bank Bay and that the SALT

obligations but with all the benefits of a tax system sympathetic

Plage Beach Bar at Whitehouse Bay does excellent sundowners

to yachting. You will also have access to the resort’s entire

and has great music under the stars. For romantic suppers and

range of services and amenities from the Marina Village to the

private ocean-front parties, you won’t get better than the Beach

Pavilion Beach Club and even the Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole

House at Turtle Beach, however. The five-star Park Hyatt St.

golf course due for completion in 2017.

Kitts also looks set to be an elegant marriage of contemporary

Christophe Harbour is also an excellent charter home port –

architecture and colonial influences. Its 125 rooms will offer

customs formalities are quick and easy, refuelling costs are low,

superb luxury when it opens next year. www.christopheharbour.com

thanks to zero tax and the international airport is nearby

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Slips capable of accommodating 65-metre yachts and its own Customs House for a rapid service (see previous pages) make Christophe Harbour and the island of St Kitts the perfect destination for superyachts and their owners. A residential complex hugs the Marina, offering seafront villas, a beach club, swimming pools, a spa, golf course, tennis courts, restaurants and bars on a 13-mile stretch of coastline that also includes six magnificent beaches

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TOU

E C R DE FOR

An exclusive new double residential tower, is nearing completion. It will be the tallest and most luxurious building of its kind in Europe and feature a 37,000 square foot penthouse with breathtaking views over the Principality of Monaco by Lucien Stange

T

here’s a new addition to the Monaco skyline. Soaring 170 metres, the 49-storey Tour Odeon is an exclusive new 49-storey double skyscraper that will be Europe’s

tallest residential tower. Its glittering glass surfaces and blue structure are visible from the coast road as soon as the city heaves into view, stretching like a ribbon between sea and sky. This is an impressive feat of architectural prowess with 70 exceptional apartments, two magnificent 1,200 square metre (12,900 sq ft) sky duplexes and a

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spectacular 3,400 square metre ( 37,000 sq ft) penthouse arranged over five floors with a private swimming pool. A new frontier for luxury with dazzling views from an eagle’s nest-type position. The Tour Odeon is the brainchild of the Monaco developer Groupe Marzocco and legendary MonÊgasque architect Alexandre Giraldi and has the backing of the Monaco Government, which has guaranteed the delivery of the largest construction project currently underway in the Principality of Monaco. All

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of the apartments are situated between the

state-of-the-art business centre for residents,

20th and 49th floors and feature floor-to-

an entertainment area with a private movie

ceiling glass walls and elegant terraces which

room and lounge and a chauffeur-driven

offer breathtaking panoramic views.

The

limousine service. There is even a luxury onsite

luxurious sophisticated interiors were created

supermarket, while daily housekeeping, dry

The Tour Odeon soars 170

by Alberto Pinto, interior designer renowned

cleaning, valet and vehicle-washing services

metres and its two sections

throughout the yachting world (he penned the

can be summoned at the touch of an integrated

have 49 storeys apiece. The

interiors of Lurrsen’s 104-metre Quantum

screen inside each residence.

apartments are between the

Blue and 123-metre Tatiana and Abeking

The Tour Odeon is a quick stroll from Place

20th and 49th floors and feature

and Rasmussen’s 57-metre Zenobia, to name

du Casino, the world famous Hôtel de Paris

floor-to-ceiling glass walls and

but a few). All of the high-tech residences are

and Hôtel Hermitage and the Avenue Princess

elegant terraces which offer

wonderfully bright to accentuate the finest

Grace with its Carré d’Or boutiques. Prices

magnificent panoramic views

natural materials such as marble, bronze and

start at €70,000 per square metre for the lower

wood, used throughout.

floors, rising to €80,000 for the upper ones.

There is also a wellness centre with private spa

The Penthouse’s price is confidential, but it

suites, a hammam, sauna, Russian bath, a well-

is set to potentially become one of the most

equipped gymnasium and swimming pools.

expensive luxury homes in the world.

Aside from boasting 565 parking spaces, Tour

Delivery of apartments has begun and the

Odeon obviously has the same 24/7 security

Tour will be completed in 2016.

as a five-star hotel. The project also spans a

www.odeon.mc

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