The construction of the 118 Wally Power was completed ten years ago and its design still appears futuristic. It was designed by Luca Bassani and with its external lines he achieved an optical effect whereby judging the proportions of the yacht is quite challenging. The final aerodynamic design was finished in the Manarello’s wind tunnel, where Ferrari develops its Formula One cars, resulting in a narrow, angular and aggressive appearance with air intakes resembling the fighter jets. In the cover it has a superstructure of glass and carbon fiber, making it impossible to see the interior, where there is three rooms in a loft-like space: the control panel, the dining room and the living room. Furthermore, it has three cabins for passengers, three more for the crew, bathrooms and the kitchen, all of which are designed in a great minimalist style. The most I value in this design is that in spite of the years gone by, 118 Wally Power is absolutely contemporary and innovative.
Why not? Wally-Hermés believes in a new way of navigating slowly on the sea with genuine environmental and ecological values. The WHY yacht concept was created through a partnership between high fashion house, Hermés and yacht builder, Wally. The living space, built on three decks is intended to meet the human needs of space, light and shade with advanced sustainable technologies. The 58 metre-long 38 metre-wide, pared-down yacht is powered by a diesel electric engine that produces solar electricity to manage the boat. “We didn’t design a boat, we gave shape to an idea – there are no excesses, nothing is superfluous, the impact on the sea is minimum.” Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Artistic Director of Hermès. There is something fabulous about indulging in absolute freedom with this life of quietness and gala affair. One caveat: cutbacks and timidity is positively, my order of the day.
Designer/architect John Pawson designed this B60 yacht in collaboration with naval architect Luca Brenta, who’s always at the forefront of minimalist, innovative and beautifully finished luxury yachts. Pawson says: The project’s functional goal [was] to create the ultimate day racing yacht, built for recreational rather than competitive purposes, but with the highest levels of manoeuvrability. The aesthetic expression of these functional aspirations is embodied in the sleekest of carbon-fibre hulls surmounted by the geometric purity of a triangular white sail. Photography by Jens Weber Munich.