Heesen Yachts is delighted to announce the kick-off of construction works for the new 85m dry dock at the facility in Oss.
The new dry dock was announced for the first time during the press conference held at the Monaco Yacht Club last September, and then officially presented during the HISWA Holland Yachting Group press tour 2015 on June 4.
Construction work started on June 15, 2015 and is scheduled to be completed by October 2016. The official inauguration will take place on November 11, 2016.
“The new 85m dry dock is our investment in the future and our response to the market request for bigger yachts,” says the Heesen Board of Directors. “The success of the 65m FDHF Galactica Star,– the largest Heesen currently at sea – and the impressive 70m Project Kometa currently under construction, are creating a lot of interest in Heesen from repeat clients, as well as from owners who are new to our brand. We are now ready to further expand the size of our yachts on offer up to 80m.”
The new shed and its dry dock will be equipped with the latest features to create the best possible working environment. Temperature and humidity controlled, the dry dock floor will be heated and automatic sun tracker lights on the roof will reduce the use of power for lighting by 25% to optimise illumination. A high quality air filtering system further provides optimal conditions for the painting process: 60,000m3 of air per hour will be filtered through special filters using 70% of the air intake from outside and 30% recycled air.
The new shed will be replacing sheds no. 2 and 3, both built in 1995, and will measure 98m x 30m x 22m. The dry dock will measure 85m x 17m wide x 22m. To make the dock watertight, 2,000 cubic metres of concrete will be employed, while 500 tons of steel will be used to build the hall. The dry dock will contain 6,502m3 of water and it will take approximately one day to fill it.
Swiss watch manufacturer Frederique Constant known for its unique and classical watches is delighted to present you a new model within its successful Vintage Rally Collection: the Healey Chronograph Automatic. Frederique Constant has been for many years involved in various forms of motorsports, especially with vintage car rallies, as the brand is a longstanding and faithful partner of the famous Austin Healey car brand. Lately we were very honoured to welcome 4 original Austin Healey cars from the Southern Counties Club to our Manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates. The four drivers came from the United-Kingdom with their beautifully conserved vintage Healey cars.
Driving for a tour of Switzerland and Italy, they were curious about the partnership of the watch manufacturer and the carmaker. They were impressed by our working facilities and capabilities. It was a perfect occasion for us to show to real Austin Healey enthusiasts our new Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph – and they loved it. Their passion for these vintage cars mirroring our passion for watches was intense.
Both carmaker and watchmaker have in common the engineering, the innovation and the artistic impression. Mechanical genius never ceases to excite and delight, especially when that marvel is a perfectly tuned engine in a fast-moving machine. Whilst beautifully crafted sports cars are an absolute fascination, so are timepieces.
Both are high-precision machines meant for ultimate use and pleasure. With this in mind, our designers created the Vintage Rally Healey chronograph, a timepiece with a motorsports heritage that combines timeless contemporary design with sporty elegance.
This timepiece is driven by the precise FC-397 automatic chronograph calibre. It has 25 jewels and a 46-hour power reserve. Its unique design is underlined with sub-dials that include a 30-minute counter at 3’oclock and small continuous seconds at 9 o’clock.
This watch features a three-part rose gold plated polished stainless steel case classically sized at 42 mm and a convex sapphire crystal that offers protection from the elements. The transparent case back allows us to see the movement, which will delight all watch enthusiasts.
In our eyes, the green dial accents give this chronograph a strong sporting character. The rose gold plated hands and the applied indexes are finished with superluminova, which stands out in the dark. With it’s distinctive styling design and the signature of the Healey’s logo, this watch is the quintessential of Frederique Constant.
Water-resistant up to 50 metres, the Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph comes with a brown leather strap with big holes, to add to the style factor; a fine balance between sport and elegance.
This new Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph is also available with a silver polished stainless steel case with a black leather strap.
Similar to every masterpiece, the Vintage Rally Healey Chronographs are limited to just 2888 numbered pieces. Finally, every timepiece comes with a beautifully designed gift box and a magnificent Healey NOJ393 car miniature model.
Before asking you to tell us about your experience with Cantiere delle Marche during the building of “Stella del Nord”, we’d like you walk us through the steps in your decision-making process that led you to consider CDM and then, to decide to have your yacht built by the Ancona-based shipbuilder.
We had been doing our research on Explorer yachts for about 15 months, visiting shipyards in Italy and in Northern Europe. Then, when we were in Cannes, in September of 2013, we came across CDM for the first time and had the opportunity to see and tour the “Explorer Darwin 96” on EXPOSITION. We spent roughly 60 minutes on board and were able to have an in-depth discussion with their technical expert about all those aspects that interested us. As I, personally, have a technical background, I must say I was very enthusiastic about this first meeting. I was able to get more information in those 60 minutes than I had in all the previous 15 months’ time, including visits to renowned shipbuilders. Just a few months later, we signed the contract.
In these past 18 months, how much of what you’ve experienced has coincided with your expectations, and what has had the most positive impact on you vis-á-vis what you had imagined?
As I said, my work experience lies in the industrial sector and I realize that I am person who has an extremely technical approach to things. I have to admit that I have never had such a smooth and constructive experience on other projects, similar in terms of size and complexity. Sharing decisions, feelings, and forging interpersonal relationships over a period of 18 months is no easy task. It is perfectly normal for there to be divergences in the course of the shipbuilding process. I must say that I never had the sensation that anything was being forced on me … on the contrary.
Today, on the eve of the launch, I can say I am pleasantly surprised by all that I’ve received from CDM. I can affirm that our “Stella del Nord” carries within her all of the goodwill and professionalism of Cantiere Delle Marche and of all the collaborators who, for 18 months, have committed themselves to the success of the project.
CDM is a shipbuilder that has always distinguished itself through a direct and frank approach to communication, so once again, we’d like to stay true to course: after this experience, what would you change?
I confess that this question puts me on the spot. I have always encountered extremely open individuals, from the first people I see as I arrive in the shipyard in the morning, to the various technical experts, to the on-board outfitter. I am always made to feel “important” at Cantiere delle Marche and I have never felt that I was lacking for anything at all. For example, since I am busy all day, I always end up calling your chairman after eight in the evening. I have never once felt that I was disturbing him, quite the opposite, I have always felt at ease, like one of the family.
Now that “Stella del Nord” is finally in her natural element and the summer season is fast approaching, it’s time to make cruising plans: what do you have in mind for the summer of 2015?
We expect to leave on Saturday, July 4th and make our first stop in Montenegro to refuel. Then, we’d like to sail towards Greece, continue through the Strait of Messina, so that by August we’ll reach Sardinia where we’ll meet up with our friends. Later, in September, the “Stella Del Nord” will be on exhibition at the boat show in Cannes. Finally, we plan to return to the Adriatic in October.
With a vessel like “Stella del Nord” it is difficult to set limits as to distances to cover and waters to explore; are there any transoceanic plans in this splendid yacht’s future? Which seas make your heart beat the fastest?
Our dream is to one day cross the Atlantic and go to the Caribbean where we’d like to spend the winter. Our daughter, who lives in the USA, has already “booked a room” on board. We are also thinking about circumnavigating the U.S. and Northern Canada, and are considering other routes, too, maybe in the Pacific.
And now for the most dangerous question … if you should one day build another yacht, would you do it again with Cantiere delle Marche? If yes, why?
When we began this adventure, I had no idea that building a steel sea craft would be so complicated, or so thrilling. I reached a compromise with my wife when we decided on the length [of this one]. Already, I am imagining a 110- or 115-foot “Darwin” … but where to have it built? At Cantiere delle Marche. Definitely. Why? Because I know it will be a positive experience and, at the end of the day, I know that I will be just as satisfied as I am now.
Lamborghini plans on making 600 units of the Aventador SV and all of them have already been pre-sold, with 200 units heading to North & South America, 200 cars to the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region while the other 200 vehicles are heading to APAC (Asia Pacific) countries.
Priced from €327,190 in Europe and $493,069 in United States, the hardcore Aventador is 50 PS more powerful than the standard LP 700-4 version and has also lost 50 kg (110 lbs). Moreover, Lamborghini’s engineers were able to improve the body’s aerodynamic efficiency by 150% and downforce by 170%.
Thanks to all of these changes, the latest mad bull from Sant’Agata Bolognese needs just 2.8 seconds for the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint and can do a top speed in excess of 217 mph (350 km/h).
The final stage of the Ferrari Tribute to Mille Miglia ended in Brescia yesterday. The Prancing Horse cars left Parma in the early morning and headed for Busseto, the birthplace of Giuseppe Verdi. They then drove on to Cortemaggiore, the home of the famous Trofeo Supercortemaggiore, in which Ferrari was one of the protagonists in the 1950s. However, the sporting high point of the entire Tribute came when the cars did a lap of the Autodromo di Monza, the long-time home of the Italian Grand Prix and one of the world’s greatest circuits along with Silverstone, Le Mans, Monaco, Indianapolis and Spa-Francorchamps. They also drove past the legendary Parabolica, the raised oval that played host to the Formula 1 grands prix until 1961. Having left the circuit nestling in its ancient park and woodland, the Ferraris then powered on to the gem-like city of Bergamo before driving to Chiari and, finally, the finish at Brescia.
Si è conclusa ieri a Brescia l’ultima tappa del Ferrari Tribute to Mille Miglia. Le vetture del Cavallino Rampante sono partite da Parma dirigendosi verso Busseto, paese natale di Giuseppe Verdi, per poi spostarsi a Cortemaggiore, nel Piacentino, sede del celebre trofeo Supercortemaggiore, che tante volte negli anni Cinquanta ha visto le Ferrari protagoniste. Il massimo della rievocazione sportiva però la si è avuta con il passaggio all’interno dell’Autodromo di Monza, da sempre la casa del Gran Premio d’Italia nonché uno degli autodromi di maggiore prestigio nel mondo insieme a Silverstone, Le Mans, Monaco, Indianapolis e Spa-Francorchamps. Le vetture sono passate al cospetto della leggendaria Parabolica, la curva dell’anello sopraelevato che fino al 1961 ha ospitato anche le gare di Formula 1. Dopo avere lasciato la pista immersa nel verde degli alberi secolari, le Ferrari si sono dirette verso la meravigliosa Bergamo prima di fare rotta verso Brescia dove sono arrivate passando per Chiari.
CRESCENDO, a very special new watch from CENTURY that offers a virtuoso celebration of life’s most precious moments.
Part of the MASTER IMPERIAL collection, CRESCENDO captures the awakening of spring to take winter’s place. It is the return of sunshine as the air becomes warmer, day by day. The delicate melting of snow, gradually revealing the first flowers. CRESCENDO announces the arrival of a season that allows time to blossom.
An extraordinary and unique piece, CRESCENDO seduces at first sight with its innovative design. Once again, the master craftsmen at CENTURY have brought to life a totally new face, using one of the most advanced jewellery techniques: the snow setting.
Nestled right next to one another, the different diamond cuts create a subtle and sophisticated effect. Individually selected, the sparkling stones appear to have been placed randomly, evoking the floral swirls of the hand-engraved dial, like the most precious dewdrops. Surrounding the bezel, this display recalls the wonder we feel before an immaculate carpet of snow pierced by the first blooms. Whatever the evocation, the design procures a sense of instant and natural freshness, like that felt at dawn on a day that promises to be special.
Complex yet perfectly pure, CRESCENDO dazzles with the 64 translucent facets of the CENTURY sapphire in a palladium hue. Cut and polished entirely by hand, they perform a veritable symphony of light, their radiant effect accentuated by the delicate curve of the case in 18 ct. white gold.
The beneficiary of the finest jewellery expertise, CRESCENDO is without a doubt a watch designed to partake in the rarest moments. Mounted on an elegant alligator strap, it reinvents the rules of supreme luxury through the prism of elegance and extreme femininity. This unique perspective offers an enchanting glimpse into the mystery of the passing of time.
Model in 18 ct. white gold with 592 snow-set diamonds (2.938 ct.). CENTURY sapphire with 64 facets cut and polished by hand. Hand-engraved gold dial. Quartz movement. Alligator leather strap.
Model in 18 ct. white gold with 195 snow-set diamonds (0.985 ct.) and 397 snow-set pink sapphires (2.416 ct.). CENTURY sapphire with 64 facets cut and polished by hand. Hand-engraved gold dial. Quartz movement. Alligator leather strap.
Goodwood, is gearing up for the most exciting events season ever in 2015. Nestled amid the outstanding natural beauty of the South Downs, Goodwood’s motor sport and horseracing events provide a unique hospitality setting, just 1.5 hours drive from London.
Here are just 10 reasons why Goodwood is the ideal place to entertain in 2015…
• £1million – the total prize money on offer for the Qatar Sussex Stakes on 29 July – one of the most valuable one-mile horse races in the world.
• 30 incredible supercars, from iconic names like Ferrari, Aston Martin and Porsche and others, battling for victory in the Festival of Speed’s Michelin Supercar Run.
• £150million worth of machinery on-track during the world’s most prestigious historic motor race – the Goodwood Revival’s RAC Tourist Trophy Celebration.
• 3 cutting-edge DJs primed to spin and scratch at Three Friday Nights during June.
• 10 famous women from the worlds of fashion, entertainment and business contesting the celebrity race on Ladies’ Day during the Qatar Goodwood Festival.
• 5 current Formula 1 teams in a specially-created pitlane sitting directly below the GP Club hospitality area, in which you can expect personal visits from world champions aplenty.
• 900 priceless road and racing cars and bikes waiting to find their spaces in the paddocks of the Festival of Speed and Revival.
• £100million worth of cars, bikes and automobile routinely sold at the Festival of Speed Bonhams sale.
• 2.5 Tonnes of English strawberries will be picked for a little light refreshment.
• 15,000 bottles of champagne being chilled ready for the 2015 season.
• 26 days of event hospitality to choose from the world of motor sport & horseracing
• 1 Unique Venue – Goodwood, West Sussex.
For all hospitality enquiries, please contact our Hospitality team on 01243 755054 or via email@example.com.
Festival of Speed: 25-28 June 2015
Qatar Goodwood Festival: 28July-1 August 2015
14 other days of racing are available May to October.
Goodwood Revival: 11-13 September 2015
2015 marks the 10th Anniversary of Salon Privé, the UK’s most prestigious Supercar Event & Concours d’Elégance and we invite you to join us and celebrate in style as we relocate to the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill; iconic Blenheim Palace. With its beautifully manicured lawns and spectacular architecture, Blenheim Palace, home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, provides the grandest of settings for this exclusive event.
Moving to Blenheim Palace allows for a number of new enhancements to be introduced, most notably the revised daily schedule which sees the event open with two private days on Thursday 3rd September with the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance, followed by Boodles Ladies’ Day on Friday 4th September and for the first time, a new public day, with the British Supercar Show taking place on Saturday 5th September including the new ‘Speed and Style’ competition.
Further details will be released shortly but if you have any questions or enquiries for corporate hospitality / group bookings, please contact David Bagley T: 01753 827 607 / E: firstname.lastname@example.org