The top 24 yachts at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

Take a tour of the largest and newest superyachts at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

By Danielle Cutler, Geri Ward, John Lyon, Rebekah Bell 31/10/2018

Every autumn at the tail end of hurricane season, yachting enthusiasts and industry insiders travel to South Florida to inspect boats big and small from all over the globe. We are, of course, talking about the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the largest in-water boat show in the world, scheduled this year for October 31 to November 4. The 2018 edition marks 59 years of this event, which hosts more than 1,500 boats—along 10km of floating docks—1,200 exhibitors, and 110,000 visitors at seven locations around Fort Lauderdale. Not only will visitors find all kinds of vessels—from superyachts and sailing yachts to jet boats and runabouts—but also exotic cars, watersports gear, and everything nautical.

Here are the yachts we think you should not miss.


Abeking & Rasmussen Elandess
Photo: Courtesy of Abeking & Rasmussen

Abeking & Rasmussen Elandess

By Geri Ward

This 74-metre superyacht surprised London last summer when it journeyed up the Thames, just weeks after its launch. Elandess also promises to wow Fort Lauderdale as the queen of the show. Designer Harrison Eidsgaard created a very special gigayacht with German builder Abeking & Rasmussen, including expansive social areas across the interior and exterior that equate to special family moments for the owners. Standout features include an 2.5-by-8- metre swimming pool up on the sundeck, and the Nemo Lounge beneath the waterline that includes a window into the ocean below. The yacht has seven suites, including the master apartment, for 14 guests and crew quarters for 24.


Amels Gene Machine
Photo: Courtesy of Amels

Amels Gene Machine

By Geri Ward

Gene Machine is not a new launch, but its American owner wanted it to be part of FLIBS in order to show the world the possibilities of Amel’s 180 Limited Editions range. The exterior design by Tim Heywood includes a distinctive grey hull with an orange stripe along the water, and a profile that slopes downward as it moves aft. The sundeck is devoted to the sun, with an open space forward, Jacuzzi in the middle, and yet more open space on the aft end. It’s probably the best viewing platform for any yacht its size. Enzo Enea’s interior includes an expansive saloon with floor-to-ceiling windows and a formal dining table in the forward section. Among the yacht’s many distinctive features are a “command chair” that rises above a table and other chairs, like a judge sitting on the bench, in the cockpit area, and a mural of sea creatures, including a grinning shark, in the children’s bedrooms. It’s a fun yacht, designed for spending time in the tropics.


Mangusta Oceano 43 Namaste
Photo: Maurizio Paradisi

Mangusta Oceano 43 Namaste

By Danielle Cutler

Also not a new yacht, but the first hull in the Oceano 43 line that launched last year, the 42-metre Namaste is the first Mangusta Oceano to hit the States and is making its first appearance at FLIBS. Designed inside and out by Alberto Mancini, Namaste is built in steel and aluminium, the long-range tri-deck is built in steel and aluminium. Highlights of Namaste’s exterior include the foredeck glass-bottomed pool, which provides a skylight to the master bath below, and a dedicated beach club, thanks to a forward tender garage.
Inside, sliding-glass doors on each side of the main saloon pull in natural light and sea breezes, and opens up the entire space to the outdoors. Namaste accommodates up to 12 guests in five staterooms, including the master suite with fold-down balcony. Seven crew members are housed in four cabins, one of which is the captain’s. Namaste has a top speed of 15 knots, a cruising speed of 11 knots, and a range of more than 4500 nautical miles.


Custom Line 120
Photo: Courtesy of Ferretti Group

Custom Line 120

By Danielle Cutler

Created Francesco Paszkowski Design, the new Custom Line 120 combines pieces of aeronautical, automotive, and residential design, as well as that of racing yachts, to create a sporty planing superyacht.

A noteworthy feature of the Custom Line 120 is the glass door between the aft cockpit and the main saloon. It rests at a 45-degree angle, and to open it tilts up into the ceiling and also opens horizontally. This makes for a true indoor/outdoor living space. Paszkowski and the Ferretti Group designers created the interior decor. Besides the main-deck master suite, four en suite staterooms reside belowdecks—two VIPs and two singles. Crew quarters are forward and include four cabins.

The flybridge offers up a hot tub and lounging space as well as stairs that lead to the forepeak dining and lounging area. Two garages are located at water level—one at the stern and one forward. All told, the 120 can carry two tenders and a three-person Jet Ski.

The new hull design reduces resistance and, with its pair of MTU 16V 2000 M96L engines, hits a top speed of 25 knots. Its cruise speed is 21, but in the 120’s “economical cruising speed” of 11 knots, the yacht has a range up to 1100 nm.


Adagio’s saloon and dining area.
Photo: Frankie

Horizon 115 Adagio

By Geri Ward

Horizon’s “CC” designator stands for Custom Collection, which means that owners get their new yacht the way they want it, from the exterior and interior layout all the way to the custom decor. In the case of the 35-metre Adiago, which will debut at FLIBS, the client commissioned Cor D. Rover, a noted Dutch superyacht designer, and the builder’s in-house design team to create a Horizon like no other. The designers gave a potentially conventional-looking exterior a more contemporary look by turning most of the foredeck into a sloping social area, adding large windows on the main deck, and creating a softer, less angular stern than most yachts its size. Add to that, a huge saloon with floor-to-ceiling windows, Dessie’s custom designer furniture from Italy, a Listone Giordano wood floor, and large beach club, and the yacht becomes a long-distance haven. The 115 is powered by twin 1200kW Caterpillar diesels that deliver a top end of 17 knots, and it cruises at 12 knots.


Sanlorenzo SL106’s main saloon
Photo: AEB Photo Design

Sanlorenzo SL106

By Geri Ward

Being on a 30-metre-plus yacht that reaches a top speed of 30 knots is a highly unusual experience. Add to that the contemporary design and open space of Sanlorenzo’s SL106 and you get a one-of-a-kind ocean runner. The planing yacht, which makes its US debut at FLIBS, offers two MTU diesel power options. The 1966kW twins, the larger of the two choices, give SL106 a top-end speed of 30 knots. The 1815kW option shaves off four knots, but is still notably faster than most yachts its size. Sanlorenzo’s design team went for an open interior, from stern all the way to the bow, that features a large saloon at the rear and dining room/family lounge in the front of the yacht. The Italian builder’s design team combined wood, marble, linen, and silk with bronzed and polished steel to create a contemporary but quite elegant interior. The SL106 also has opening terraces in both the saloon and owner’s stateroom. Nice touches like transparent side walls on the flybridge and teak handrails on the stern show that Sanlorenzo has thought about every feature on the yacht.


Hargrave Raised Pilothouse MB3
Photo: Courtesy of Hargrave

Hargrave 100 MB3

By Danielle Cutler

Delivered to its owners this year, the 30-metre semi-displacement Hargrave raised-pilothouse yacht MB3 features exterior styling and naval architecture by Hargrave and a soothing interior from Yacht Interiors by Shelley. Not common on European models, MB3 has a country kitchen with a casual dining space and kitchen counter to watch the chef in action. Four staterooms accommodate eight guests in a full-beam master stateroom with his-and-her bath, two VIP staterooms, and a twin cabin that converts to a king stateroom. A hot tub on the flydeck beckons guests up top to the bar and seating area—or maybe it’s the other way around. And a beach club at water level provides easy access to watersports, as well as a great space for sunning. Two 485kW Caterpillar engines give MB3 a top speed of 23 knots.


Ocean Alexander 90R
Photo: courtesy Ocean Alexander

Ocean Alexander 90R

By John Lyon

FLIBS sets the stage for the world debut of the first yacht in Ocean Alexander’s new Revolution series: the 90R. The 27-metre tri-deck motor yacht was designed by Evan K. Marshall along with Italian firm Arrabito Naval Architects. The flybridge’s upper deck is equipped with an indoor skylounge as well as an open-air bar and grill for cooking up some quick comestibles. Stonework is used extensively throughout the vessel, and on this deck, the bar and cabinet countertops are made from Cambria Berwyn stone. The main deck is home to the saloon, including its expansive views through floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as the master stateroom, which is outfitted with his-and-her closets and a bathroom with floors and walls covered in stonework. A deck below, guests can find respite in two regular cabins and a full-beam VIP stateroom. The lower deck is also home to the beach club, which stands out by not only having a bar area but also a skylight that can bathe the area in natural light or provide a window to the stars at night.


SX88’s saloon
Photo: Leo Torri

Sanlorenzo SX88

By Geri Ward

Sanlorenzo’s new SX88 is called a “crossover” boat because it combines the features of a motor yacht and a much larger explorer yacht. The Italian builder actually raised the new concept to a higher level with clever innovations like a fully open-plan main deck (thanks to the absence of a lower helm station) that stretches the full length of the interior. The design allows the owner to choose between a long, open layout or a forward area with an owner’s stateroom. The SX88 also has an open stern that holds a 4.5-metre tender and personal watercraft for quick deployment. The area also has a sizable beach club. Sanlorenzo worked with Italian designer Piero Lissoni on the first interior and Officina Italiana Design for the quirky exterior. Lissoni’s interpretation for the interior is another choice for onboard living, offering the ambiance of an open sea loft. The yacht has a semi-displacement hull that reaches 17 knots. Its hybrid diesel-electric powerplant allows an owner to use the lighting, systems management, and other non-propulsion systems for up to eight hours in zero-emissions mode. The SX88 is a breakthrough yacht on many levels.


Numarine 26XP explorer yacht
Photo: Courtesy Numarine

Numarine 26XP

By Geri Ward

The 26-metre Numarine 26XP represents the new breed of mini-expedition yachts. Along with its sister ship the 32XP, the 85-foot 26XP has a highly efficient hull, high freeboard and intrepid profile, and a special flybridge that covers about two-thirds of the hull’s length. The bridge has 100 square metres of usable deck space, allowing owners and guests to find their own private areas with space left over on the aft deck for a tender.

The yacht has a generous, full-beam saloon on the main deck, with full-height windows, a dining area, and settees for congregating. Designer Cal Yalman also left abundant space belowdecks for the four staterooms, including the full-beam master suite amidships, where the yacht is widest. A VIP and two twins comprise the other three. Numarine worked with Silent Line to make the yacht as noise- and vibration-free as possible, using techniques that are more often applied to superyachts. The yacht comes in a displacement-hull version, which has a maximum speed of 13.5 knots. At eight knots, its range is 3000 nautical miles. The semiplaning version has larger engines and pushes the 26-metre yacht to an impressive 28 knots.


Sunseeker 74 Sport Yacht
Photo: Courtesy Sunseeker

Sunseeker 74 Sport Yacht

By Danielle Cutler

The new 74 Sport Yacht from British boatbuilder Sunseeker has its US debut this week. Borrowing design and performance features from the Sunseeker Predator 74, the 74 Sport Yacht offers up a huge flybridge, with helm station, seating, dining, and sunbathing spaces. A bimini shade and wet bar are optional. A large sun pad and U-shaped dining area forward of the helm on the foredeck provide an excellent location for a sunset cocktail or a meal with an amazing view.

The 74 Sport Yacht transforms into an open yacht when the weather is nice or a closed yacht when it’s not, thanks to a cockpit door that lowers itself into the sole of the yacht—kind of like a convertible.

Oversized windows and a helm sunroof provide the main-deck areas with all kinds of natural light. Seating and dining areas have unobstructed 360-degree views. A galley and three en-suite cabins are belowdecks: The master stateroom sits aft, a VIP stateroom is forward, and a twin cabin is starboard. A crew cabin is situated next to the garage.

This 22-metre 10-inch yacht sports a 38-knot max speed, a cruising speed of 28, and a range of 330 nautical miles. The tender garage stows an optional Williams 395 SportJet.


Princess F70
Photo: Quin Bisset

Princess F70

By Geri Ward

The new Princess F70 has mated a sporty-looking bridge with a coupe superstructure that gives it a distinctive profile. The flagship of the Princess flybridge line, the F70 is available with the Allure Collection, a package of amenities, finishes, and high-end decor. The flybridge is a showpiece of the yacht, including a U-shaped dining area, full wet bar, aft sun pad, and forward lounges. Inside on the main deck, Princess designed the galley at the rear of the saloon so that owners and guests can eat outside in the cockpit, or if the weather is not cooperating, at a dining table in the saloon. The UK builder’s Allure package includes soft suedes, bronze tint mirrors, Japanese wall coverings, and hand-stitched detailing that give it a superyacht sensibility. The master suite has a private stairway. The F70 is powered by twin 1200kW MAN diesels that deliver a top-end speed of 36 knots.


Ferretti Yachts 670
Photo: Alberto Cocchi

Ferretti Yachts 670

By Danielle Cutler

The Ferretti Yachts 670 debuted in Cannes in September. The flybridge yacht sports exterior design by Filippo Salvetti—his first for the brand—and the Ferretti Group and an interior also designed by the Ferretti Group. The 20-metre yacht sports a 25-square-metre flybridge with loungers, bar, dining table and settee, and a foredeck fitted with lounging space. An open-plan main deck provides a spacious feel, as do the many windows. Belowdecks, guests will find a full-beam master suite, a full-beam VIP stateroom forward, and a twin cabin. An optional version comes with a captain’s cabin. Ferretti offers two engine choices: either a pair of 745kW or 895kW MAN diesel engines, which propel the 670 to either 28 or 32 knots. The yacht’s cruise speed is 25.


Horizon Power Cat PC65
Photo: Courtesy of Horizon

Horizon Power Cat PC65

By Danielle Cutler

The 19-metre power catamaran from Horizon Yachts was created in collaboration with Lavranos Marine, JC Espinosa, Winchester Design Group, the Powercat Company, and Horizon Yachts. Available either as an open flybridge or skylounge, Horizon offers several layout options and custom interiors. Choose either the on-deck master stateroom or the open-plan main deck, with four en-suite cabins, two kings and two queens. The Power Cat PC65 can be used for extended cruising at slow cruise speed or cruising at maximum speeds. You may also choose the yacht three king staterooms and a separate crew cabin, making it eligible to be managed for charter under Horizon’s charter division. All options include luxurious interior finishes and large deck spaces for entertaining.


Grand Banks 60
Photo: Billy Black

Grand Banks 60 Skylounge

By Geri Ward

Known for its sturdy trawler-style yachts, Grand Banks has added another dimension to its GB 60 Skylounge. The 18-metres enclosed pilothouse lets the owners cruise comfortably in both hot and cold climates. Instead of an open flybridge, which makes guests subject to the prevailing weather, the area can be heated or air conditioned. Besides the twin helm chairs, it has a large settee for guests as well as a day head. Grand Banks took great care to ensure the enclosed area works aesthetically with the rest of the 60’s profile, while using carbon fiber and other lightweight materials to keep its weight as light as possible. As a result, it runs at an impressive 31 knots with twin 670kW Volvo D13 diesels. At 10 knots, it has a range of 2,000 nm. The 60-footer has a three-stateroom layout that showcases Grand Banks’ high levels of craftsmanship, including golden teak and contemporary fabrics.


HCB Estrella Center-Console Yacht
Photo: Courtesy of HCB

HCB 65 Estrella

By Geri Ward

HCB’s new Estrella, making its debut at FLIBS, now assumes the centre-console throne. Powered by five 466kW outboard engines, Estrella is all yacht.

Estrella has a high-end, carbon-fiber layup and a large cabin with a master stateroom and custom-made Zebrano cabinetry. Besides the luxurious appointments, the interior is surprisingly spacious for this type of yacht. It turns into a nest for the owner and guests.

The real action can be found in the boat’s cockpit, where an owner could take 20 of his friends on an offshore fishing trip. The teak package on the first Estrella includes the decks, tables, coaming boards, and even the steering wheel. The teak dresses up the boat nicely. It also has features like a projection television in the cockpit, plush sofas, and a table for alfresco dining. The foredeck area has seats and a small table as well as a sloping sunbed for two.

Seakeeper stabilisers make Estrella a sure-footed platform, counterbalancing motion while running at speed offshore or trawling in five-foot seas. HCB gave Estrella an 8200-litre fuel capacity for a long range.


Bertram 61 sportfisherman
Photo: Christopher Rabil

Bertram 61

By Geri Ward

Bertram’s 61 sportfisherman makes its official debut at FLIBS. Its egg-shell-blue hull was designed by Michael Peters, whose studio has created many iconic American yachts. Peters gave the 61 a strong, powerful exterior with a traditional Bertram look, including features like tinted, wraparound windows in the saloon and a long, open foredeck. The boat is an important launch for Bertram, a comeback boat for the company after it was acquired by Italy’s Gavio Group in 2015. Gavio, which also revived the legendary Baglietto and CCN yacht brands in Italy, decided to do away with Bertram models from its previous owner and start from scratch.

The thoroughly modern 61 is a fresh departure for Bertram and will go mano a mano with traditional competitors like Viking and Hatteras. The boat’s small centre flybridge is ideal for maneuvering during encounters with billfish, while offering dual helm chairs and lounges along the sides. Below, the teak cockpit is designed for serious fishermen, with wide-open deck space, in-deck fish boxes, transom livewell with an aquarium view, 12-volt electric reel sockets, and many more angling features. Bertram also installed a Seakeeper gyro stabiliser to eliminate roll when the boat is running at top end or, more likely for sportfishing, at slower trolling speeds.

Peters designed the interior with an open-plan saloon and galley, using white decor, dark hardwood joinery, and marble surfaces across the galley. There is no lower helm station, so the area feels more like a waterside apartment than a typical sportfishing yacht, especially with the incredible view via the panexless wraparound windows. The four staterooms belowdecks share the same beautiful joinery, white walls, and modern Italian design, including the stylized sink and shower in the master head.

Like the original Bertram Moppie, which employed the first deep-V hull shape , the 61 was also designed for ocean running, but with a much larger and more complicated running surface and twin 1400kW CAT 32 diesel engines.


Maritimo X60’s beach club
Photo: Courtesy of Maritimo

Maritimo X60

By Geri Ward

Just the name gives an idea of the sporty look and versatile design of Maritimo’s X60. The boat offers an owner’s choice of configurations for its aft section, including a Beach Club version, Queen version with extra VIP cabin, and Regency Suite with an enlarged master stateroom. Or the owner can simply decide to use the space as a tender garage. The Australian builder designed the X60 with a straight-drive shaft and efficient running surface; so efficient, in fact, the boat consumes only 109 litres per hour at 28 knots while reaching a top end of 34 knots with its 690kW Scania diesel engine. It will run even faster with the upgraded 745kW Volvo diesels. The Maritimo has a sleek profile, thanks to the flat-roof coupe design, though the interior remains large and spacious. It features a large saloon and full-beam master stateroom. The X60 will make its US debut at the Fort Lauderdale show, while Maritimo just announced a new X50 version that will launch next year.


Prestige 590
Photo: Jerome Kelagopian

Prestige 590

By Geri Ward

This French-built motor yacht from Prestige, making its American debut at FLIBS, was designed with optimum exterior space, starting up on the flybridge. The forward section features a sunbed, with a twin-seat helm beside. At the rear is a table and lounge for alfresco dining. The cockpit below has another settee that can be converted into a second dining area or sunbed. Just aft, the swim platform connects to a large tender garage. Prestige designed a proprietary Ship Control system that allows the owners to monitor and control separate onboard functions. The saloon is cloaked in leather and tweed fabrics in an open-plan layout that is lit up by large windows on all sides. A private stairway to the owner’s suite at the rear is a welcome rarity on this size yacht. Powered by twin 447kW Cummins engines, the 590 has a top end of 29 knots and cruising speed of 23 knots.


Hatteras GT59
Photo: Courtesy of Hatteras

Hatteras GT59

By Geri Ward

There’s a soft, almost baby-like quality to the new Hatteras GT59. Its all-white hull and the constant curves (around the front section, up on the bridge area, and even the large windshield) create the impression of a simple, elegant boat with no rough edges. First impressions, of course, often need to be revised. Such is the case with this bluewater convertible, designed for fishing many miles offshore in the most inhospitable conditions. The GT59 has all the fishing amenities that a serious angler would want, including a single wooden fighting chair in the cockpit, a bridge with an open stern so the captain can back down on billfish if she or he needs to, and a tall tuna tower for sighting fish in the distance when electronics can’t find them. At the same time, the soft edges turn the new Hatteras into an exceptional cruising machine. In front the helm station, a twin seat has a leg rest that lets guests sit back and relax while the boat is running. The interior has a large saloon, bedecked in wood, with a galley forward and island table with four stools. In the rear section is a large lounge. The GT59 comes in different configurations, all with three staterooms, depending on an owner’s preference for the number of beds. It also has two standard bathrooms, with a third being an option, unless the owner wants a tackle centre. The boat has standard twin 1200kW Caterpillar diesel engines that give it a top end greater than 40 knots.


Azimut S6
Photo: Courtesy Azimut

Azimut S6

By Geri Ward

The S series has always shown the yachting world how innovative, unorthodox, and stylish Azimut can be when it is unchained from convention, and the new S6 promises to be a continuation of that tradition. Stefano Righini, Azimut’s longtime designer, has really made his mark with the S series, and the 18-metre S6 shows that he can reach into the future by embracing the past. The boat has classic cues of the S series, including its muscular profile, large enclosed cockpit, and the six-pane through-hull window in the master suite. On this boat, Righini created a protected upper sanctum with the extended hardtop, an area near the helm where the owners and guests can relax in shade and air-conditioning, but also enjoy the sun with the opening sunroof. The upper area also has a full galley and bar for large social events. For sun worshippers, there is a three-person sunbed on the bow and three more sunbeds on the stern of the yacht, along with a large lounge beneath the hardtop’s overhang. Having the galley on the main deck left Azimut’s interior designer Francesco Guida extra space below for the three staterooms, including the full-beam master in the stern (with two tables and chairs beside the window, walk-in closets, and adjoining bathroom), and a large VIP cabin in the bow area. The third stateroom has twin beds. Guida did a wonderful job, enhancing the interior’s natural brightness with light-colored woods and fabrics. It is modern without being overly formal, something the S Class has excelled at for 15 years. The new Azimut will be powered by twin 522kW Volvo IPS D8 engines, giving it a top-end speed of 35 knots. Its cruising speed is 30 knots. Given its 18-metre length, the boat feels unusually spacious, both on the main deck and in the staterooms.


Palm Beach GT50’s saloon
Photo: Courtesy of Palm Beach Motor Yachts

Palm Beach GT50

By Rebekah Bell

The Palm Beach GT50 (the first in the GT Series from Palm Beach Motor Yachts) promises to be a sleek, easy-to-operate cruiser designed to help owners spend more time on the water. “We designed the systems and built the yacht to be turnkey,” says Mark Richards, the founder and CEO of Palm Beach Motor Yachts. “We want you to step onboard, turn on the engines, and go out and enjoy the water. That’s what yachting is all about.”

Two versions (the Express and the Open) are currently in the works, and both will show off modern finishes and large outdoor spaces. The helm deck will accommodate a large group of guests for alfresco dining or sunbathing, and L-shaped settees in the cockpit will flank a transom door that leads to the swim platform. (The Express model will be outfitted with a sunroof that slides away to provide an open-air experience.)

Belowdecks will be a master stateroom forward, a queen-size berth aft, and a big galley. Choose from wengé, teak, or ash wood throughout.

The GT Series will incorporate a unique hull design (made from vinyl-ester cored e-glass and complemented by a fully infused, 100 per cent carbon-fibre deck and superstructure) that enables the yachts to slice through the water instead of wasting energy by maneuvering on top of it. Initial sea trials met the company’s projection of a top speed of 42 knots and a cruising speed of 35 knots. At 35 knots, the fuel consumption was only 182 litres per hour, and at 25 knots the fuel consumption was 109 litres per hour, making the GT50 one of the most efficient cruisers on the market today.
The first Palm Beach GT50 Express will be on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. And the GT50 Open will be unveiled at boot Düsseldorf in January 2019. Production for the GT60 model is currently underway, with a debut planned for September 2019.

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It’s never too early to start planning a vacation. Just ask Four Seasons.

The hospitality giant just unveiled its private jet itineraries for 2026, giving travelers a chance to book their next adventure a good two years in advance. Designed by a team of experts, the six journeys allow jet-setters to explore far-flung destinations in five-star luxury. You’ll fly the globe in the fully customized Four Seasons Airbus A321neo and stay in lavish Four Seasons hotels along the way. More importantly, guests can partake in curated experiences a cut above the typical tour.

“Our goal is to create connections with travelers of this generation and the next, fostering a legacy of transformative experiences that extend far beyond the journey,” Marc Speichert, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Four Seasons, said in a statement.

Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
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The itineraries cater to a wide range of travelers, with differing lengths and routes. The 16-day Asia Unveiled trip, for instance, takes guests on a deep dive into the East, with stops in Tokyo, Bali, Angkor Wat, Hoi An, Bhutan, the Maldives, and Bangkok. Other adventures, like the 21-day International Intrigue journey, cover many global destinations from the African savannah to the city of Paris.

Wellness enthusiasts can indulge at Four Seasons Resort Maldives.
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Similarly, the experiences on offer are designed to appeal to a myriad of personality types, from culture vultures and history nerds to thrillseekers and gourmands. On the African Wonders trip, fitness buffs can join a Maasai guide for a nature walk in the Serengeti and then chill out in a meditation session led by an expert yogi. During Timeless Encounters, explorers can take a submarine scooter to Bora Bora’s renowned diving spots. With International Intrigue and Asia Unveiled, wellness enthusiasts indulge in lavish treatments at the Island Spa within Four Seasons Resort Maldives. Asia Unveiled also allows foodies to embark on a sushi masterclass with a Michelin-starred chef in Tokyo, while International Intrigue gives gluttons the chance to craft six courses with celebrated chefs in Mexico City’s local markets. In addition, history connoisseurs can visit famous landmarks like the Taj Mahal on Timeless Encounters. That is just a taste of the experiences on offer, too.

The 2026 itineraries range from 13 to 21 days and cost between USD$159,000 and $229,000 per person. To start planning your trip, visit the Four Seasons website or email the team at fourseasonsjet@fourseasons.com.

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Audemars Piguet Just Dropped a Bevy of New Watches—Including a Mini Royal Oak

From the new Royal Oak Mini to skeletonised 37 mm versions and a wild asymmetrical reissue, AP just slayed the spring watch season.

By Nick Scott, Paige Reddinger, Allen Farmelo 06/06/2024

Audemars Piguet isn’t resting on its laurels and that’s likely just how former longtime CEO, François-Henri Bennhamias, intended. The colourful head honcho left his post at the helm this past December, but he certainly left his mark by taking the brand to USD$2.7 billion in sales by 2023 before handing over the reins to newly minted CEO, Ilaria Resta, who was hired from global perfumery company, Firmenich. (Resta is the latest female addition to AP’s top brass following the appointment of Ginny Wright, who came from L’Oreal, as the CEO of North America.)

Given the lead time of R&D in watchmaking, the latest watches are certainly the mark of Bennhamias’s direction, and the watches are anything but wallflowers. You have wildly innovative new materials like a Royal Oak prototype proposed in Chroma Gold—a new technique blending white gold, rose gold, and yellow gold into a camouflage pattern—and a funky new “Crystal Sand” finish on the Royal Oak Frosted Gold Selfwinding 34 mm model. Meanwhile, Code 11.59 gets decked in an extraordinarily challenging arrangement of sapphires and diamonds, and the latest [Re]Master02 comes in a funky 1960s tv-shaped case with beveled sapphire crystal glass.

Here’s a look at how Audemars Piguet is flexing its craftsmanship muscles with these daring new timepieces.

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At 23 mm across, these are not the smallest Royal Oaks ever produced: a 20mm iteration was launched in 1997, alongside a 44mm Royal Oak Grande Complication, to celebrate the model’s 25th anniversary. They’re also not the sparkliest Royal Oaks: any number of abundantly gem-set models are all vying for that crown.

But the frosted gold trio before you are definitely amongst the most attention-grabbing Royal Oaks to date, residing as they do in the intersection of two Goldilocks zones: they’re well suited to slender-wristed wearers, but not so small that they invoke outmoded notions of femininity; and they’re mischievously sparkly, but packing only carefully measured flamboyance.

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Built from 18 carat yellow, white or pink frosted gold, the new pieces’ shimmering diamond-dust effect contrasts beautifully with the polished bevels. The case, bezel and bracelet have been created using a Florentine jewelry technique first applied to a Royal Oak in 2016, and again in 2018 with the help of Carolina Bucci. The frosting involves hand-hammering the metal using a diamond-tipped tool, and the effect is uniquely elegant and understated.

The dials—like that on Gérald Genta’s original steel game-changer—are uncluttered bar the petite tapisserie pattern. Unlike Genta’s original (a major counter-offensive salvo from the mechanical watches camp during the quartz crises) the beating heart for this trio is calibre 2730, a quartz movement with a seven-year battery life and easy-to-use deactivation mode.

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The smallest selfwinding Royal Oaks ever made remain Calibre 2062, a 29mm piece – created by former head of Audemars Piguet’s design office Jacqueline Dimier – which retained the codes of Genta’s original model created in 1976, and the gem-set derivative released shortly afterwards.

“These mini creations pay tribute not only to Audemars Piguet’s long tradition of miniature and jewellery watches, but also to the women who have left their mark on the history of the brand, including Jacqueline Dimier to whom we owe the first Royal Oak for women, and Carolina Bucci, the mastermind behind the Frosted Gold finish,” said Ilaria Resta Audemars Piguet’s Chief Executive Officer, in a statement.

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Sébastian Vivas—the maker’s Heritage and Museum Director—added that the three pieces “demonstrate the extraordinary plasticity of the Royal Oak collection, which transcends decades, gender, trends and dimensions.”

Size: 27 mm
Material: white, yellow and rose gold
Price: $51,700

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AP’s frosted gold Royal Oaks have been a hit for the brand since it debuted as a collaboration with Italian jeweler, Carolina Bucci in 2016. There have been several versions, including one with a mirrored dial, and now the nouveau classic is sporting a “Crystal Sand” finish.

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The 34 mm model’s dial offers a magnified and dramatized interpretation of the hammered case and surface of the bracelet. Made from embossed ruthenium crystal, the dial is then adorned with a stamping die via electroforming, a process that forms or grows metal parts onto a model. The color is achieved through a galvanic bath of both rhodium and gold coating to accentuate its 3D form.

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Size: 34 mm
Material: frosted gold
Price: $93,250

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Since 2010, Audemars Piguet’s Openworked Royal Oak models have been offered in sizes ranging between 39 mm (e.g., reference 15305) and 41 mm (e.g., reference 15407). Something about skeletonizing watches seems to cause many brands to reach for its larger cases: Perhaps it’s the larger dial for skeletonizing, or perhaps it’s a tendency to assume that men who like big watches will also prefer openworked dials. To be honest, I’ve long shared the latter assumption, though I’ve never had much reason to examine it before now.

Audemars Piguet often challenges our assumptions (consider the Spider Man Royal Oak, for example), and this new Openworked Double Balance Wheel Royal Oak at 37 mm in white or rose gold disregards assumptions about gender and watches while also underlining the small watch trend for men.

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Thirty-seven mm is pretty much the perfect “unisex” size. Many brands (for example, Grand Seiko, Lange, Rolex, Zentih) offer 37 mm watches that serve as a bridge between their men’s and women’s collections, and sometimes these brands will point that out. However, in its typical avant garde manner, Audemars Piguet is way ahead of this shifting norm—especially when compared to its counterparts in the Horological Holy Trinity, Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin, both of which offer 37 mm watches steered more obviously toward men or women with gem setting, or the lack thereof. By offering the Openworked Royal Oak at 37 mm, Audemars Piguet cleverly sidesteps that old-school his/hers conundrum.

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This watch is going to resonate with men who are continuing to lean toward smaller watches, and it’s going to resonate with women who are looking for a larger and more daring timepiece that won’t overpower (or simply overhang) their wrists. And this Royal Oak does all that gender bending by simply shrinking its skeletonized watch. In this regard alone, I think it’s a brilliant offering—and I’m not a big fan of openworked dials.

The dual balance wheel mechanism of caliber 3132 helps stabilize the balance staff in its ruby mount, which improves precision.
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With all that said, what’s really driving this watch’s avant garde nature is the movement, known as caliber 3132. The dual balance wheel is a unique approach to minimizing the tilt of the balance staff (the axil on which the balance wheel oscillates). When the balance wheel swings back and forth (like a pendulum), there is a tendency, due to inertia, for it to slightly tilt within its ruby mount. When the balance staff tilts (however slightly) gravity has its way with it, causing timing discrepancies in different positions (known as positional variance). By adding a second balance wheel (not just a second spring, as found in some movements), Audemars Piguet has added stabilizing mass to the mechanism, as well as a counter-force that further stabilizes the balance staff as it changes direction. Theoretically, this reduces tilt of the balance staff and reduces positional variance.

It also looks very cool, and you’ll get a good view from both the front and the back of this watch.

Size: 37 mm
Material: pink and white gold
Price: $147,300

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If you’d told me a few years ago that brutalism—a minimalist, institutional architecture style of the mid-20th century rendered with massive concrete slabs—was going to be a catchphrase of watch design by 2024, I’d have declared you an iconoclastic crackpot. But, you’d have been right.

Audemars Piguet has picked up on the recent nostalgia for that strangely appealing architectural style. Reaching into their catalog from the 1960s, when brutalism was peaking globally, they’ve found a very cool watch to recreate—or, as AP insists, to “[RE]Master.” Audemars Piguet has borrowed the term from the recording arts: Remastering is generally a slight modernizing of a recording for current markets, so the analogy holds here, as this watch slightly modernizes vintage model.

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Crafted from Audemars Piguet’s proprietary sand gold, the case will shift between white and pink gold hues, depending on ambient lighting. Using the trusted time-only only caliber 7129, this auto-winding mechanical movement is on display through a circular window in the caseback.

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Sébastian Vivas, AP’s Heritage and Museum Director, states that “Between 1959 and 1963, Audemars Piguet created more than 30 asymmetrical models, most of which were produced in less than 10 pieces. [RE]Master02 is a fantastic opportunity to revive this forgotten golden age.”

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Despite the wildly brutalist case, it may be the dial that steals the show here. Created using a dark blue PVD treatment over beautifully brushed surfaces, the 12 individually crafted dial segments cleverly help time telling without relying on applied markers. These dial segments are separated by galvanized sand gold partitions, and each segment sits on miniscule legs attached to a brass dial plate beneath. All of this geometric precision is accentuated by the beveled sapphire crystal.

Size: 41 mm
Material: sand gold
Price: $70,900(limited to 250 pieces)

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The Code 11.59 is getting all dolled up this year in a splash of gem-set models. Two 38 mm iterations come in either 18-karat pink gold or white gold set with 533 brilliant-cut diamonds and colored sapphires.

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What is notable here is the pixelated-looking setting. The pink-gold version comes with an array of navy, baby blue and yellow sapphires on the dial, while the white-gold version comes in pink and purple sapphires. Both look as though the colors were shaken in a glass and poured onto the dial so that the pattern is haphazardly arranged. It’s a fun take on a gem-set dial, one which we can’t recall seeing before and is, no doubt, extraordinarily difficult to arrange to achieve the right balance of hues. Each piece is set with the three-hand selfwinding caliber 5909.

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One of the coolest pieces in the new lineup is just a prototype for now, but it offers a glimpse of what’s to come in the future. Chroma Gold is a patented innovation blending yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold via Spark Plasma Sintering technology. Each gold variation is melted before droplets are atomized into powders. They are then combined in their respective pattern in a circular graphite mold which is then sintered via an electrical current. It is a first for the watch industry.

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Even in jewellery it is notoriously difficult to work with multiple types of metal in one piece due to the variations in consistency and that’s without trying to blend them together. The only time we have seen the blending of two different types of gold before is in American jeweler Adam Neeley’s proprietary SpectraGold, which is currently pending a patent. AP’s Chroma Gold follows the debut of a similar method with ceramic that debuted in a prototype earlier this year allowing the company to blend various hues of the material. Camo isn’t for everyone, but the multi-hued gold version certainly makes a compelling case for the machismo pattern. On the right hands it will be irresistibly cool.

 

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Watch of the Week: IWC Ceralume Pilot’s Chronograph

The concept watch hints at the future of IWC’s proprietary luminous ceramic technology.

By Josh Bozin 31/05/2024

Did you catch Lewis Hamilton rocking a new IWC Schaffhausen timepiece at the Monaco Grand Prix over the weekend? We did too, and as curious watch fanatics, we couldn’t help but speculate on what exactly this stark-white timepiece could be. A new iteration of the 2022 Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN “Lake Tahoe” edition, perhaps?

Sort of.

Earlier this week, IWC took to Instagram to reveal what its experimental engineering division, XPL, has been working on over the last few years. Introducing the new IWC Ceralume Pilot’s Chronograph—a ceramic watch, albeit a prototype, that completely glows in the dark, from case to dial to strap!

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Such wizardry is thanks to a proprietary luminous ceramic technology that IWC calls “Ceralume.” This technical feat has allowed IWC watchmakers to produce their very first fully luminous ceramic watch. Building on its 40-year journey as true pioneers of engineering ceramic material within watches—ceramic is notoriously difficult to work with, you see—IWC is no stranger to such technical feats.

Thanks to the homogeneous mixing of ceramic powders with high-grade Super-LumiNova pigments, IWC has fashioned a luminous material that acts like a battery for storing light energy. Utilising the new Ceralume technology, this fully luminous concept Pilot’s Chronograph emits a bright blueish light that lasts more than 24 hours.

“With the first fully luminous ceramic case rings, we underscore our role as a pioneer and innovator in ceramic watches. The development of Ceralume took several years. The main challenges we faced were producing watch cases with maximum homogeneity and meeting our exacting quality standards,” says Dr. Lorenz Brunner, Department Manager Research & Innovation at IWC Schaffhausen.

“To achieve these goals, we engineered a ground-breaking new manufacturing process – tailored to the unique combination of ceramic powders and Super-LumiNova pigments.”

If we’re to get extra technical, the ceramic material absorbs light energy from sunlight (or artificial light), stores it temporarily, and then emits the absorbed energy as visible light—the luminous “glow” that you see below. According to IWC, this cycle is infinite and will never cause the material to age or diminish its light storage capacity.

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Developed completely in-house by IWC and its Experimental Engineering Division (XPL), the patent-pending Ceralume technology will undoubtedly form the foundation of future developments and releases, with a broader commercial release imminent.

To learn more, visit iwc.com

 

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