The Azimut S10, the new S Collection flagship, is the result of collaboration with designer Alberto Mancini, working for the first time with the Avigliana-based shipyard. A unique yacht, it is sporty but has impeccable class, skilfully bringing together in 28 metres of length the elegance of a sports yacht, the architecture of a modern villa on the sea and, not least, the charismatic personality of automotive design. The WSB team take the chance to get up and personal with the S10 Flagship.
Highly regarded for his purist approach, Mancini habitually draws inspiration from the aerospace and automotive worlds, which he knows very well because of his training as a car designer.
Azimut S10 has a sporty yet gentlemanly demeanour, featuring flowing lines combined with exceptional performance. The design philosophy behind the S10 is tied to the concept of live onboard, complemented with clever design and innovation.
The S10 paints a big image of a classically-styled mega-sailer, on which the slightly lowered cockpit amidships represents the fulcrum of social interaction, intended as the perfect refuge for relaxing and sheltering from the sun.
It carries the pretence of a well refined modern villa on the sea, with multi-level terraces leading gradually down to the water: the same approach underpins the design of the S10, on which a flush deck left completely free, offering a raised vantage point over the sea. It is also a space that the owner can furnish and use as a personal area if required.
With sun loungers, for example, which can then be removed when the sun goes down to create the ideal space for an evening party, or fitted with a jacuzzi area, or a simple but elegant lounge. The terrace is a central element of the S10 and is a space that communicates and converses with the sea, free of any visual impediments.
The stern railing is a glazed surface designed to be almost invisible, establishing discrete and elegant contact between two settings on two different levels. Access to the full-beam beach club at water level is down hidden steps, in an innovative solution that leaves the transom with even cleaner lines. The exterior and interior settings, like the living area, communicate through fully recessed doors, while similar materials and colour shades accentuate the continuity between outdoor and indoor spaces.
The sporty feel of this model is expressed by the shapes used and the choice of materials. The carbon that began as a technical decision is now a style feature too: with its powerful black fibre in full view, it defines the edges of side fins that tilt towards the bow, conveying an intense sensation of dynamism. Carbon also replaces the classic steel manrope, which takes on a rather gun-like appearance and extends up to the bow, acting as the perfect containment for the sunbridge.
We can think of the bodywork expanding and playing an increasingly important role on the S10. The term bodywork introduces the concept of car design, the final source of stylistic inspiration. Underpinning this idea was a meticulous study of how the sunlight and its reflections play off the water onto the yacht’s surfaces and sections, sculpting and emphasising its beautiful lines.
The aerodynamic shapes are also underscored and enriched by the lighting design, in which hidden light sources make every setting more alive and intriguing. The light throws the yacht’s distinctive stylistic features into relief and gives the model an even more recognisable look. The central stairway too, which leads up to the flydeck, becomes an important design feature made of carbon and light, a central backbone that identifies the personality, unique design and perfect symmetry of the cockpit.
Finally, the superstructure stands out for the horizontal development of its surfaces, which are designed with clean cuts and contrasting colours so as not to penalise the sporty lines and to accommodate a generously-sized flybridge. This union of extraordinary inputs produces a powerful result.
With this project, Azimut Yachts charts a new course: a boat with sports features but that also has a fly-deck and the onboard space typical of a big motor yacht. It means offering something that wasn’t there before, through the expression of total innovative, creative flair and compelling design.
The S10 will hold the flagship position of the S Model range in good sted, it will surely attract admiring attention from its sleek modern lines, acres of space, and sense of occasion for those lucky enough to step onboard.