It’s the playground for those seeking unsurpassed luxury and style that only the most esteemed brands can offer a select clientele: the 28th edition of The Monaco Yacht Show.
This weekend (26-29 September), industry insiders, superyacht owners, will present collaborations between the world’s top architects, designers, ship manufacturers and luxury maisons at the iconic Port Hercules of the Principality of Monaco. On view are 120 extraordinary one-off superyachts, including 40 new launches being unveiled for a worldwide debut.]
Sanlorenzo, one of the world’s leading shipyards in the construction of yachts and superyachts, is showcasing no less than four superyachts., which includes the first model of the groundbreaking 500Exp.
This year, the shipyard is presenting its first 500Exp, the new 47-meter expedition vessel with a ‘touch & go’ landing area for helicopters on the main deck’s stern. This superyacht of the Explorer range ensures the most authentic sense of adventure on the open sea and exploration of exotic and difficult to reach destinations, thanks to the great cruising autonomy and many ‘toys’ that she is able to host onboard.
The exhibition also features the second unit of 52Steel, the fourth 460Exp and the tenth 40Alloy. Three of the superyachts on display, have already been delivered before Summer 2018, apart from 40Alloy, which is still available for sale.
Flying high: the couture cruise
SEAir is changing course by joining forces with renowned interior architect, Nathalie Ryan, to form a beautiful alchemy between innovation, well-being and luxury that culminate in the fantastic SEAir flying semi-rigid boat customised by Nathalie Ryan.
Two enthusiasts, Richard Forest, an engineer passionate about innovation who founded SEAir and gave wings to boats, and Nathalie Ryan, a renowned interior architect specialising in the world of luxury, both came together to share a common goal: to realise their dream and to strive towards elegance.
Nathalie Ryan says, ‘It’s an exhilarating collaboration, both chic and innovative. An extraordinary feat in style, we have combined the world of boating with that of design and luxury. It is an invention of an absolute dream: the flying boat’!
Beyond the sensations of gliding on water, Forest wanted to go a step further by developing the concepts of pleasure and comfort through design. This is where the collaboration with French interior architect Nathalie Ryan began.
Nathalie Ryan founded her design firm, Kirei Studio, after an international career of 10 years at Christian Dior and is involved in many exceptional projects which take her to destinations including Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Monaco, Dubai and Moscow.
SEAir now offers its clients the option to customise their flying boats. Nathalie Ryan will work with the potential buyer to define the needs and to personalise the boat based on colours, materials and accessories. Each boat will therefore be unique and harmonious with each customer’s tastes, wishes and requirements in mind.
A 5.5-meter boat will be displayed ashore to visualise the ease of use of this modern advanced technology. A 7-meter version will be afloat, designed by Nathalie Ryan. The first luxury semi-rigid boat is refined in style: its black and white design acts as a reference to the classics of haute-couture. And, in addition to being able to see the model designed by Nathalie Ryan, visitors will be able to experience a demonstration at sea.
Fab four: the new classics
Latona 50, the new powerful and dynamic masterpiece by CRN, is the star of Ferretti Group’s fantastic fleet at the 28th edition of the Monaco Yacht Show. The fleet is completed by three models of incomparable beauty: the semi-displacement Custom Line Navetta 42, the planing Custom Line 120′, and the Riva 110′ Dolcevita flybridge.
The Latona is the highest expression of craftsmanship and excellence, which stem from the successful cooperation between CRN’s Engineering Department and Interiors & Design Department with design firm Zuccon International Project.
This new yacht’s technical solutions and the slender lines of her hull and bow are indeed the result of CRN Engineering Department’s outstanding skills and expertise, while Zuccon International Project, together with the Shipyard’s Interiors & Design Department, developed the vessel’s refined interiors and elegant, classical exteriors.
‘The Latona immediately impressed me because of two features that, I am sure, will also conquer the Monaco Boat Show: a very original and creative intuition and a strong personality, which make her a truly unmatched yacht. The outcome is a refined, sumptuous yacht that embodies the beauty of Middle-European style from the 1920s, skillfully blending together elegance and functionality’, stated Alberto Galassi, CRN’s Chairman and Ferretti Group’s CEO.
The Latona is a classic and timeless megayacht that combines graceful exterior lines, extremely functional outdoor and indoor areas, and truly distinctive interior design. With her 50 metres in length, four spacious decks and an underdeck, the Latona has been built and forged to achieve maximum customisation, as required by her owner, who did not want to renounce the most authentic uniqueness, evident also in the choice of a precious turquoise shade of the hull. Similarly, the Liberty style pervades all interiors throughout the vessel, highlighting Latona’s unparalleled beauty and becoming an expressive constant of the guest areas. The slender bow, and the large internal and external volumes, embellished with spectacular area overlooking the sea, further enhance this yacht’s endless beauty.
For this edition of the Monaco Yacht Show, Ferretti Group was flanked as always by prestigious luxury brands: Culti, whose enchanting essences seduced guests, journalists and ship owners; Dolce & Gabbana, longtime partner with the Ferretti Group for uniforms; Frette, that signed the luxurious linens of the Custom Line models; Sabrina Montecarlo, provided the precious furnishing accessories of Riva and Custom Line yachts; Zimmer+Rohde, supplier of high-end, modern and innovatively designed fabrics; La Scolca delighted visitors with its selection of wines; Samsonite provided business luggage to the Ferretti Group staff; Seabob was once again present with the limited edition seatoys made specifically for the Group’s brands; Slam, was the official supplier of Ferretti Group crew uniforms; Emirates Airlines offered advantageous airfares.
Jewel of the sea
Designers and architects attending the show have been awestruck at Preciosa Lighting’s Pearl Wave, its latest interactive installation specially designed for yachts.
Crafted with more than 700 hand-made triplex opal spheres and suspended on gold finished metal rods, the playful chandelier reacts to the happiness surrounding it; when glasses are cheered in a toast, Pearl Wave responds with a burst, or two, of light. The simple act of clinking glasses brings the chandelier to life. The light echoes the sounds generated by its environment by creating different light effects; the bigger the group at the table, the more people cheer, the more Pearl Wave comes alive.
‘It never ceases to amaze us the amount of joy that can be brought to people through light,’ said Michael Vasku, Creative Director for Preciosa Lighting. ‘Yachts are places filled with cheerful moments and we are pleased to discover how much our latest interactive installation Pearl Wave is a contributing element in making a celebration memorable’.
A renowned brand amoungst the yachting crowd, Preciosa was honoured to once again produce the official MYS trophies that were presented in four categories to superyachts participating in the show. Designer Daniel Szollosi took inspiration from the wake of a yacht skimming across the sea to create this strong and dynamic handcrafted crystal award, designed with a mix of polished and bubbled glass.
Monaco Yacht Show Awards by Preciosa
Preciosa Creative Director Andreas Klug presented the Interior Award to Pride Mega Yachts for Illusion Plus, as well as:
• RINA Award: Solo by Tankoa Yachts
• Exterior Award: Dar by Oceanco
• Finest New Superyacht: Dar by Oceanco
• Interior Award: Illusion Plus by Pride Mega Yachts
Modern Romance: a suite fit for a princess
And after perusing the world’s most luxuriously designed floating palaces, why not spend your evenings in a suite fit for royalty? Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo’s recently revealed Princess Grace Suite was inspired by the style and glamour of the beloved royal.
This exceptional suite, which features a contemporary design and spectacular outdoor spaces, was revealed in a preview showing as part of the transformation of Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, a world-renowned iconic palace which is in the process of being redesigned.
Starting in the 1950s, the whole world would come to visit the Princely Couple, formed by Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace, who welcomed the elite of this period, along with the whole of Hollywood. Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo thus became a favoured place for Princess Grace. In 1956, on the occasion of her wedding to Prince Rainier, dinner was served in this prestigious establishment, 2 which prepared the wedding cake for the official reception. 20 years later, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace celebrated their wedding anniversary at the hotel, this time in the intimacy of the hotel’s grape cellars.
The entire team at Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo came together to make the Princess Grace suite a completely unique experience. The new Suite pays homage to the lady who marked the history of the Principality and the hotel with her elegance, refinement and generosity, thanks to the presence of the Princess’ personal creations, memories and her favourite poetic and literary works. All of the floral decorations in the Suite are inspired by the personal tastes of Princess Grace, and the terrace is enhanced with Grace roses, which have a delicious and warm fragrance of tea rose and a subtle apricot colour. The terrace also offers a stunning view of the Palace.
The Princess Grace Suite is 910 m2 on two floors that feature refined and contemporary design and spectacular surroundings offering a 180° view of the Mediterranean. With elegant curves and minimalist lines, it emphasises contemporaneity, transparency and the nobility of the materials, which have been enhanced by craftsmen: glass, precious wood, straw marquetry, mother-of-peal, agate panels for the interiors which exude well-being and serenity, and natural stone for the elegant and authentic outside spaces, including a heated infinity pool which opens onto an adjoining outdoor lounge and a hot tub in rare granite.
The Suite also proposes a range of luxury tailor-made services, notably a team of private Clefs d’Or concierges at the entire disposition of our Suite guests to organise their stay.