From fashion statements to state-of-the-art functionality, watches are one of
the hottest accessories of the year. Luxury timepieces make an instant
impression and, in some cases, can even save boaters' lives!
Nautical timekeeping and navigation have come a long way since hourglasses
hung from the rafters in old-time sailing ships and captains gazed at the
stars through telescopes. Today's personal timepieces not only tell you the
exact millisecond, but they function as compasses, stopwatches, and even a
beacon to summon rescuers! Above all, they command attention as pieces of
luxury jewelry, and send out a strong message: watches have become a major
According to Tourneau's senior vice president of marketing, Andrew Block, the
luxury watch market is booming, thanks to the introduction of new brands and
new styles as well as significant investments in... (more)
Nothing has been spared on Obsession II, a streamlined sailing yacht designed
to run optimally with a small crew. The chef utilizes the state-of-the-art
galley to maximum advantage.
Following a casual buffet lunch aboard the 112ft S/Y Obsession II, in
Antigua, 20 or so guests rewarded Chef Pierre Dumortier with a standing
ovation. He graciously accepted the praise, which was well deserved.
We had boarded the sleek vessel a couple of hours earlier in Nelson’s
Dockyard Marina, and entered the strikingly large deck saloon, which features
a full panoramic view. The air conditioni... (more)
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Lavish accommodations, state-of-the-art communications, and plenty of space
for entertaining provide guests with the perfect mix of business and
With the launch of the spectacular 280ft P/Y Annaliesse in 2004, Liveras
Yachts’ director Kiri Kyriacou says his company has opened a new market
in yacht charter. “Several years “ago,” he says, “we
set out to design a yacht to accommodate 36 guests.” The result was an
opulent, floating palace with... (more)
The principals of Trinity Yachts, John Dane, CEO, and Bill Smith, VP, sat
down with YV & C publisher Fuat Kircaali to speak about the growth of the
charter industry and how it affects them as yacht builders.
Trinity Yachts, founded in 1988, is already known as the number one American
shipyard. Since 1990, their 38-acre Louisiana facility - including 10 roofed
acres - has turned out 33 hulls. Seven yachts are currently under
construction. How did this dynamic company grow so rapidly?
John Dane, CEO of Trinity Yachts, was running Trinity Industries' marine
group in 1988, with 22 sh... (more)
On a charter vacation aboard Solemates, the unmatched level of service
offered by the captain and crew plays as great a role as the destination and
the opulence of the boat.
One of the reasons that Solemates, a magnificent 171ft motoryacht, commands
a premium charter rate of $260,000 a week (plus expenses) is because it's a
Feadship, considered to be the Rolls-Royce of yachts. The unsurpassable
construction and palatial decor that includes a hand-carved three-story
limestone foyer (that reportedly took three years to complete), a sky lounge
with entertainment area and mosaic ba... (more)