Azimut the Italian yacht-manufacturing company kicked off the year with a world premiere launch of their Azimut 66 Flybridge, a shining new example of their ability to innovate to the next level. The Azimut 66 is part of the Flybridge Collection, the most classic of Azimut’s collections, and the one which has seen the most important renewal of its stylistic and technical content.
Renewing the range began with the Azimut 80 in 2013, continuing with the Azimut 50 in 2014 and more recent the Azimut 72, unveiled in September. So the team of Azimut technicians faced with the difficult task of producing a new 20 metre vessel combining all the innovations appearing in the most recent models in the new collection, set to task a process that has transformed the Azimut 66 Fly into a true icon representing the entire range.
Admiring the harmonious lines of the Azimut 66 is easy, designed by Stefano Righini, with the hallmark shark’s fin shaped side window, coupled with particularly spacious elongated flybridge, has transformed the exclusive lounge set up. Weight saving innovation comes in the form of a carbon fibre superstructure, making the 66 considerably lighter while increasing its interior volume.
Designer Carlo Galeazzi, who worked on the interiors of the Azimut 66 with the shipyard’s styling office, not only came up with the usual refined decor but focused his attention on the need to optimise use of space, obtaining extra storage space in the already ample interior volumes to make the Azimut 66 an even more convenient vessel.
As part of the renewal of Azimut’s brand identity focusing on the true value of Italian craftsmanship, in Dusseldorf, as in Cannes, Genoa, Fort Lauderdale and Hainan, Azimut will appear with a new image designed by architect Michele De Lucchi.
De Lucchi, one of Italy’s best-known architects (who designed the Triennale in Milan, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, and the Neues Museum in Berlin), was appointed to redesign the Italian yacht-manufacturing company’s identity, and so far so good, we think.
Azimut have delivered on the promise of a “legend in the making,” and we believe the 66 is the best yet, from their flybridge range. Pound for pound, it will be hard matched by any of the competition, then again, benchmarks are there to be broken!