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New Company, New Superyacht: Emerald Yacht Cruises First Build is Luxury

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A new 110m superyacht is under construction for Mediterranean cruises and small village access and will launch in July 2021.
Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra sailing past the Amalfi Coast Italy
Superyacht Emerald Azzurra envisioned sailing past the Amalfi Coast. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Australian company, Emerald Cruises, has two jewels in its portfolio and just accumulated a third. The first is Emerald Waterways which is the river cruise division. Her ocean adventuring sister is called Emerald Cruises. Emerald Cruises is expanding with a new niche line called Emerald Yacht Cruises and is not wasting any time with her first ocean going superyacht, Emerald Azzurra in build already.

The inaugural steel cutting ceremony was held on 7th Dec 2019, with the 110 metre yacht’s hull and machinery now being constructed at the Ha Long Shipbuilding Company in Ha Long City, Vietnam, with the interior fit-out to be directly managed by the Emerald Cruises project team.

Why a Yacht Division?

Scenic Group is the overarching company that retains all the Emerald brands and Company Chairman and Owner Glen Moroney explained the story behind the new brand. The decision to introduce a superyacht to the Evergreen/Emerald Cruises brand followed a successful period of chartering vessels in Croatia. The Adriatic Coast had been a hit with passengers and the charters had sold well. There was an issue though, and it lay with the charter vessel being used for the season.

“The problem was that the experience doesn’t live up to what we’d like to deliver, either for Emerald or for Scenic. And the reason for that is certainly not the destination, it’s just the ship,” Moroney said. He cited the charter vessel’s small capacity of 36, an inefficient 1:4 crew to guest ratio, a lack of modern facilities, and above all, space. A lack of stabilisers also meant the previous charter vessel, MV Adriatic Princess, was unable to access some ports.

Customers were not complaining, regardless, the company looked at what could be done. “The experience promises a lot, and the destination is fantastic and people are enjoying themselves. And then once again, stupid us, we think we can do a little bit better,” the Scenic Group boss quipped.

Launching in July 2021, and 110m in length, Emerald Azzurra will be able to access smaller, more off-the-beaten-track ports that other cruise ships are too large for allowing guests to enjoy a more authentic experience in small towns and villages.

Some of Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Itinerary
Emerald Azzurra will spend a lot of time in the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas.

The superyacht will still visit all the major ports such as Rome (Civitavecchia) and Barcelona, but will dock in the centre of smaller ports, such as Bonifacio, Corsica; Port Vendres, France; Fiskardo, Greece; Port Ercole, Italy and Piran, Slovenia. In these ports, guests will be free to explore the town at their leisure with no set itinerary, and fresh produce will be sourced from local markets and served on-board the yacht. Emerald Azzurra will also feature a marine platform for paddle boarding and snorkeling, three tenders and two zodiacs for shore excursions.

Moroney says further “It’s a modern interpretation of ships in that class at the moment that are 20 to 25, and even 30 years old, or smaller ships that are not able to access the ports or have the modern amenities or the size of the cabins. I’m certain you’ll find it extremely popular.”

Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Owner Suites
Emerald Azzurra’s luxurious Owner Suites located on the pool deck. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises
Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Owner Suite Layout Plan
The Owner Suite Layout. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Onboard Emerald Azzurra

Contemporary in design and decor, Emerald’s first ocean vessel will feature 50 spacious balcony staterooms and suites. A significant proportion (88%) of the staterooms on Emerald Azzura will offer balconies with views. Cabins will range from the 18-square-metre lead-in Oceanview Stateroom (without balcony), to the 28-square-metre Balcony Suites, 60-square-metre Terrace and Yacht suites and the top-of-the-line 111-square-metre Owner’s Suite.

But it’s not just about luxurious cabins and large space. Emerald Azzurre’s appeal is also about the other amenities on the ship.

From the top of Emerald Azzurra we have Deck 7 (Sky Deck) Featuring a spa pool and the Sky Bar.

Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Sky Deck
Emerald Azzurra’s Sky Deck. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Deck 6 (Pool Deck) this will be the attention-grabber with an infinity-edge pool and café. This level also has the coveted two Owners Suites aft and two Deluxe Balcony Staterooms port and starboard.

Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Pool
Emerald Azzurra’s superyacht pool. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises
Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Pool Deck Area
Emerald Azzurra’s Pool Deck Area in sunlight. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Deck 5 (Panorama Deck) Location of the yachts Navigation Bridge up front and the two generous Terrace Suites located aft.

Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Terrace Suite
Inside Emerald Azzurra’s Terrace Suite. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises
Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Terrace Suite Layout
The Terrace Suite Layout. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Deck 4 With the Observation Lounge at the bow of the ship, observation room, open viewing area and guest laundry.

Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Observation Lounge
Emerald Azzurra’s Observation Lounge. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Deck 3 (Emerald Deck) Horizon Bar & Lounge, The Terrace, Gift shop and Reflections Restaurant which offer 130 seats indoor and a further 48 seats in a terrace manner on the surrounding deck.

Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Horizon Bar
Emerald Azzurra’s Horizon Bar. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises
Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Reflections Restaurant Outside Dining
The Reflections Restaurant 48 seat outside dining. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Deck 2 (Wellness Deck) Guests will enjoy a well-equipped gym, state-of-the-art sauna, indulgent spa, hairdressers and is also the location of the marina platform.

Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Gym
Emerald Azzurra’s will have a gym, sauna, spa and hairdressers. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Fares for Emerald Yacht Cruises sailings will include waiter-served dining at dinner; breakfast and lunch buffets stocked with locally sourced ingredients; complimentary sommelier-paired wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, all on-board gratuities, transfers to and from the airport, port charges, and all taxes.

Bookings for Emerald Azzurre is now available for 2021-2022 voyages. For additional information about Emerald Yacht Cruises, visit Emerald Yacht Cruises online.

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The MB&F HM10 Bulldog Watch is Man’s Best Friend in Horological Form

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Maximilian Büsser and friends have once again joined forces to create a new Horological Machine – the canine inspired MB&F HM10 ‘Bulldog’ watch.

The new MB&F HM10 Bulldog is the latest to join the ranks of the brand’s eclectic lineup and those with a soft spot for a British bulldog in all its slobbering wide-jawed youthfulness will no doubt be enamoured with this same friendly beast with its “big eyes”, metal jaws and giant clockwork heart.

Released as two different editions, the Bulldog is offered as the CHF 106,000 grade 5 titanium version with blue “eyes” and blue calf-leather strap or the 18k red-gold version with black “eyes” and brown calf-leather strap priced at CHF 121,000.

The MB&F Horological Machine N°10 ‘Bulldog’ in Red Gold & Titanium. Credit MB&F
The MB&F Horological Machine N°10 ‘Bulldog’ in Red Gold & Titanium. Credit: MB&F

If you are familiar with any of MB&F’s previous critter inspired creations like the Horological Machine N°3 ‘Frog’ or the Horological Machine N°7 ‘Aquapod’, it will come as no surprise to see this latest design come bounding from the workshop floor of the self-confessed dog loving founder.

The entirety of the watch concept came to MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser in 2015 while on a bus trip to the Narita airport in Tokyo, Japan.

Founder of MB&F - Maximilian Büsser. Credit: Hung @ H5 Production
Founder of MB&F – Maximilian Büsser. Credit: Hung @ H5 Production

“I was dozing away and suddenly I see this piece” says Büsser, “what you see now in front of you is more or less exactly what I saw at the time and it was the first time I actually saw a watch in my mind, just like that!”.

That design is the MB&F HM10 Bulldog, a manual-winding watch made up of 301 individual components created by the talented individuals that make up the friends part of MB&F (Maximilian Büsser & Friends). The Bulldog’s “body” is a compact rounded case made of either titanium or red gold that extends into the short sprung strap “legs” connecting it to the calf-leather strap that wraps firmly around the wrist. On either side of the body, two studded-collar like crowns allow the owner to wind the mainspring or set the time, while inside the head, two revolving time-telling eyes peer out as if waiting at the front gate for the postman.

The MB&F Horological Machine N°10 ‘Bulldog’ in grade 5 Titanium. Credit MB&F
The MB&F Horological Machine N°10 ‘Bulldog’ in grade 5 Titanium. Credit: MB&F

Also enclosed is the “heart” of the Bulldog, an eye-catching balance, suspended beneath the central sapphire crystal dome and beating at the traditional cadence of 2.5Hz (18,000vph). The mechanism first appeared in MB&F’s designs in 2011 as the Legacy Machine N°1 and has since become somewhat synonymous with MB&F, appearing in the majority of Legacy Machines, Horological Machine N°9, and now HM10 Bulldog.

Playing up to its brutish nature, you’ll find it hard to miss the external hinged jaws that look ready to snap shut in an instant but in reality serve a much more playful purpose. If you look closely you’ll notice that the jaws open and shut according to the amount of wind left in the watch’s mainspring – when the Bulldog’s jaws are wide open and you can see both rows of teeth, it’s fully charged and ready to play for 45 hours but when the mouth is closed it means the Bulldog has expended all energy and is in need of a nap (and re-winding).

The Bulldog’s Jaws Open & Closed. Credit: MB&F

Like other MB&F creations, the Horological Machine N°10 ‘Bulldog’ is purposely created so that the time indication and power reserve display are visible only by the wearer.

There is one last “only for the owner” detail that will remain hidden to most eyes unless specifically pointed out – a small inscription found engraved on the caseback that reads: ““Forget the dog, beware of the owner”.

"Forget the dog, beware of the owner". Credit: MB&F
“Forget the dog, beware of the owner”. Credit: MB&F
MB&F HM10 Bulldog Price & Details
  • MB&F HM10 Bulldog 18K Red Gold Price:  CHF 121,000
  • MB&F HM10 Bulldog Titanium Price: CHF 106,000
Engine
  • Manual-winding in-house movement
  • Bespoke flying 14mm balance wheel with four traditional regulating screws floating above the domed dials
  • Super-LumiNova on the hour and minute domes and markers
  • Balance Frequency: 2.5Hz (18,000bph)
  • Power Reserve: 45 hours
  • Number of components: 301 components
  • Number of jewels: 34
  • Two crowns: Left crown at 11 o’clock for winding; right crown at 1 o’clock for setting the time
Functions & Indications
  • Hours on left dome (aluminium dome rotating in 12 hours)
  • Minutes on right dome (aluminium dome rotating in 60 minutes)
  • Power reserve indicated in 3D by the opening and closing of the jaws (closed jaws means it needs re-winding).
Case
  • Version Ti: grade 5 titanium
  • Version RT: 18k 5N+ red gold and grade 5 titanium
  • Dimensions: 54mm x 45mm x 24mm
  • Water resistant to 5ATM / 50m / 160ft
Strap and buckle
  • RT version: hand-stitched brown calf-leather strap with custom-designed red gold folding buckle.
  • Ti version: hand-stitched blue calf-leather strap with Velcro system and titanium buckle.

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New Breitling Premier Watch Inspired by Bentley Mulliner Team

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New Breitling Premier Bentley Mulliner Limited Edition watch celebrates 17 year partnership with Bentley Motors and coincides with the release of the Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible.

Breitling has launched the Premier Bentley Mulliner Limited Edition watch celebrating both the company’s partnership with Bentley Motors and the new Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible created by the bespoke Mulliner team at Bentley.

Breitling's Premier range is designed for "every day elegance". Credit: Breitling
Breitling’s Premier range is designed for “every day elegance”. Credit: Breitling

It is the latest addition to Breitling’s “Premier” collection of watches, a collection first introduced in the 1943 by Willy Breitling, the grandson of founder Léon Breitling and later revived by Georges Kern in 2018 as the “every day elegance” range of watches (in comparison to the larger aviation styles often associated with Breitling).

In no strange twist of fate, third generation watchmaker Willy Breitling (who had taken over the company at the age of nineteen after the un-forseen death of his father five years earlier) was himself a huge fan of the Bentley brand, owning his own Bentley in the late 1940’s and often seen motoring around the Swiss roads.

Vintage Breitling Advertising Poster
Vintage Breitling Advertising Poster

Speaking on the partnership, Breitling CEO Georges Kern, says “The Premier Bentley Mulliner Limited Edition, with its clear links between Bentley’s and our DNA, is a logical next step in our shared story. It is also a testimony to Bentley Mulliner, whose name is synonymous with heritage, craftsmanship, and outstanding performance.”

Bentley Continental GT Mulliner in Imperial Blue. Credit: Bentley Motors
Bentley Continental GT Mulliner in Imperial Blue. Credit: Bentley Motors

Likewise, Adrian Hallmark, Bentley Chairman and CEO, commented: “The long-standing relationship between Bentley and Breitling is a reflection of the values we both share and our dedication to world-leading performance, luxury, innovation, and refinement. The links between the new Premier Bentley Mulliner Limited Edition watch and Bentley’s Continental GT Mulliner Convertible are evident in the exquisite engraving detail of the watch and the design features that reference the Breitling clock on the GT’s dashboard – a perfect display of Mulliner craftsmanship.”

Featuring a white watch face with blue subdials and a 42 millimeter stainless steel case on a blue alligator leather strap, the Breitling Premier Bentley Mulliner chronograph draws inspiration from the Imperial Blue leather interior of the Bentley Continental GT Mulliner launch model and likewise includes small red accents mirroring the red stitching of the Bentley’s iconic diamond stitch design.

Interior details of the Continental GT Mulliner Edition. Credit: Bentley Motors
Interior details of the Continental GT Mulliner Edition. Credit: Bentley Motors

With a focus on ultimate customisation, the Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible is the only Continental GT to have a Breitling edition clock and it is the delicate silver case surrounding the face of the dashboard clock that the Premier Bentley Mulliner watch mirrors.

When your wrist watch matches the dashboard of your car. Credit: Breitling
When your wrist watch matches the dashboard of your car. Credit: Breitling

Another distinguishing feature of the new limited edition watch is the small “Bentley” engraved along the edge of the stainless steel case and the words “Mulliner Edition – Breitling – One of 1000” inscribed on the caseback.

Look for the small "Bentley" engraved along the side of the case. Credit: Breitling
Look for the small “Bentley” engraved along the side of the case. Credit: Breitling

Limited to only 1000 pieces, each Breitling Premier Bentley Mulliner Watch has a power reserve of around 70 hours and will retail at US$8,350 for the Tang-type buckle and US$8,650 for the folding clasp.

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Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc to Open 2020 With Designs by Patricia Anastassiadis

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This year as the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc re-opens for the 2020 season it will also be celebrating its 150th anniversary with some new changes inside.
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc at sunset
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc at sunset.

Established in 1870, each spring & summer season the iconic Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in D’Antibes opens its doors and welcome guests to the best the sun-drenched French Riviera has to offer.

Having played host to Hollywood stars Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor, royalty and a historical writers Ernest Hemingway and novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald (who spent many a summer at the hotel in the 1920’s), Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is known as much for its famous guests as it is it’s legendary gala events and dinner parties.

But each year, as summer draws to a end, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc slowly closes the windows to the ocean breezes, locks the doors and all goes quiet as it takes time to rest between the months of November and March.

This year however, as it re-opens in April for the 2020 season and consequently it’s 150th anniversary, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc plans to surprise new and returning guests with a fresh update to their main restaurants and pavillions, commissioning Brazilian Architect Patricia Anastassiadis to design the changes.

Based in São Paulo, Patricia Anastassiadis is an architect, interior decorator and product designer who has worked with some of the top hotel groups including Four Seasons, Oetker Collection, Ritz Carlton, Fairmont and Hilton.

In 1993 she founded the Brazilian architecture firm Anastassiadis Arquitetos and now leads a team of over 35 international architects whose designs can be found all around the globe, including Brazil, the USA, Greece, Spain, Portugal and the Caribbean.

Having already completed design works for Oetker Collection, owners of Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Patricia’s focus this time was to create a design concept for the three main dining areas including the La Rotonde Bar, the Eden-Roc Restaurant, the Louroc restaurant and the Eden-Roc Grill, with a plan to respect the history and memories of the hotel, whilst celebrating the creative minds who were once guests.

When the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc was built in 1870 by Alexis de Pletscheyeff, former captain of the Hussards of the Russian Imperial Guard and a group of French aristocrats and investors, it was named the “Villa Soleil”.

The idea came from enterprising French journalist Hyppolite de Villemessant who envisioned the leafy location, nestled within walking distance of the famed French Riviera, as the perfect retreat for artists and intellectuals.

In a nod to its early days, Anastassiadis says, “It is a tribute to the intellectual abundance of the hotel’s history that it is as representative as the architecture of the building itself. With this project, we are developing the archeology of today by digging into the recollections of a vivid past that is still present in every single corner of the property.”

Like the original designers, Brazilian Architect, Patricia Anastassiadis also chose to use the unique location as inspiration when creating the design concepts for the dining areas and drew on her own childhood memories, noting, “The shades of blue and green that respectively recall the colour of the ocean and the flora of the French Riviera are imprinted in my memories ever since my childhood.”

“My family and I used to visit a destination near the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc because my uncle used to live near to Cap d’Antibes. This is why, for me, this project is all about memory and its many layers.”

While final designs are still under wraps, guests arriving in April will have the following to look forward to:

“The Eden-Roc Grill will feature nautical tones of blue and red that are synonymous with the style of the French Riviera. The dining areas of the Grill are connected through the pool and welcome a breezy and buoyant atmosphere while keeping the natural elegance of the location.

Eduardo Bajzek watercolor of Patricia Anastassiadis Eden-Roc Hotel Rotunda design
Eduardo Bajzek’s watercolor of Patricia Anastassiadis’s design for the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc Rotonde Bar.

“The La Rotonde Bar is inspired by the lush gardens of the Hotel and how the vegetation itself is an architectural presence in the property. For that, we brought classic elements from the Riviera and mixed them with a more contemporary elements, all in various shades of green.”

“The Eden-Roc Restaurant is inspired by the idea of rocks meeting the sea. This restaurant is inspired by the hotel’s historic rendez-vous. Many notable guests sat at these tables as it has always been the place of legendary encounters. We have maintained the original arches but proposed a refreshed look which has been achieved with the introduction of contemporary bespoke furniture designed specifically for this project. We have also created a colour palette that showcases the ocean blue and coral tones – the latter in particular reflects the colours of sunset that represent the beauty of the passing of time.”

Eduardo Bajzek watercolor of Patricia Anastassiadis Eden-Roc Hotel Restaurant design
Eduardo Bajzek’s watercolor of Patricia Anastassiadis’s design for the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc Restaurant.

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