To succeed at the gaming tables in the casino at Monte Carlo, you need to have the right cards, and last year at the 24th Monaco Yacht Show, the Admiral brand (part of The Italian Sea Group alongside Tecnomar and NCA Nuovi Cantieri Apuania) played its hand masterfully with four aces.
These four exclusive yachts bearing the Admiral logo were elegantly moored at the Port Hercules quayside in Monaco and confirmed the huge worldwide success of the Italian group and its well established presence in the elite international world of the super yacht industry. The four vessels were brought together for their official international high society debut, which went off without a hitch. The first (if only out of chivalry) was the sailing yacht Gigreca, a 24-metre craft in the Admiral Sail fleet’s Silent Line, followed by three motor yachts from the Admiral fleet: Nono, a 37-metre model from the Impero Line, Flying Dragon, a 45-metre model from the Regale Line, and Entourage, a 47-metre model from the Maxima Line. The Italian shipyard and the four vessels received numerous awards during the Monaco Yacht Show, including the Green Plus certification plate awarded by RINA to the motor yacht Entourage in a presentation ceremony on board, at which Prince Albert II of Monaco was present in person. Other important prizes awarded included the “Best of the Best” trophy presented to Group Chairman Giovanni Costantino by the Editor in Chief of the Robb Report, the international luxury magazine that annually selects the best organised and most innovative companies in technique and style. This unanimous approval from industry experts, together with all the gratifying attention from the select public present at the Monaco Yacht Show, clearly explains the comments of Giovanni Costantino, Chairman of The Italian Sea Group, when he expressed his total satisfaction with the Group’s excellent results at the show: “The success of an international exhibition of this magnitude confirms the strength of our bold business strategy. We will continue in this direction with the aim of establishing ourselves more and more as authentic interpreters of Italian design and technique.”
By setting this course, the Italian group made itself the star of the MYS, officially presenting some new projects that attracted huge interest among potential buyers and correspondents from the specialist press: the Wave Line, part of the Admiral Sail brand, with a range of sailing yacht models in lengths of 38, 48 and 60 metres, and most importantly the mega yacht X Force 145, part of the Admiral brand, in the form of a 145-metre model. The latter took centre stage at its own press conference, held by The Italian Sea Group at the exclusive Monaco Yacht Club. Last but not least, an impressive 3-metre scale model of the gigantic yacht was on display at The Italian Sea Group stand throughout the Monaco Yacht Show. A simple glance at the model makes it clear that the new X Force 145 is undeniably one of the most extraordinary mega yachts in the world, opening up new prospects in the innovative development of yacht design. However, this new Admiral design is in no way just another stylistic exercise devised only to amaze at any price with excessive special effects – instead, it is a flawless synthesis of the tangible technical know-how of the Italian group led by Giovanni Costantino. The design of the new Admiral X Force 145 is entirely based on a tried and tested naval platform, as used to build the “Messina RFI”, a commercial transport motor vessel with a diesel-electric propulsion system, which is currently in continuous service in the Strait of Messina as a rail ferry for the Italian state railway company. This powerful vessel, delivered in 2013, was built at the facilities of NCA Nuovi Cantieri Apuania, which cover an area of more than 100,000 m2 and include a dry dock 200 metres in length. These facilities therefore have more than enough space to build the Admiral X Force 145 or – why not? – an even bigger X Force! The X Force presented to date by Admiral, 145 metres in length and with a 19-metre beam, is to be built with a high-tensile steel hull and a light aluminium alloy superstructure, with a diesel-electric propulsion system consisting of four 1,200 kW generators and three main engines each supplying 2,040 kW, coupled to three azimuth thrusters capable of powering the yacht to a top speed of 18 knots.
The design for the X Force 145 was developed by the in-house technical team of The Italian Sea Group together with Dobroserdov Design, which was established in Monaco in 2010 by Sergey Dobroserdov with Ivan Babich as Chief Designer. From its prestigious base in Monte Carlo, this world-renowned designer devised a magnificent mega yacht with a low but soaring profile and gently rounded shapes to lighten the aesthetic impact of its impressive, statuesque form. The simple, clean lines of the mega yacht flawlessly incorporate the large glass window strips that run along the sides almost uninterruptedly, flowing from bow to stern to give the interior spaces exceptional levels of natural light and an extraordinary panoramic view of the surrounding marine environment. From this perspective, it is no exaggeration to say that two specific areas located forward and aft on the mega yacht particularly contribute to making this innovative project unmistakably unique. These are respectively an exciting observation lounge allowing guests to play an absorbing role in driving the mega yacht, and a spectacular beach club that offers a wide variety of entertainments in a pleasantly relaxing setting.
The beach club has two levels with a total surface area of 1,500 m2, and has been designed to be the main informal social area on the vessel, with areas intended as a wellness spa, a gym, a lounge bar and a party salon, amongst others, with incredible folding balconies and foldable sea-level platforms on both sides of the aft sections of the mega yacht. The beach club area also has a covered swimming pool surrounded by openable glass panels, directly connected via spectacular side staircases to another open-air swimming pool on the aft deck, alongside sunbathing and lounge areas. The other main highlights of the layout include two cinema rooms, a main salon on two levels and a full-height central atrium vertically bridging every level of the mega yacht. The pièce de résistance, however, is a vast Owner’s deck, 55 metres in length, with interior spaces entirely for the Owner’s use plus two private terraces, one of which serves as a sunbathing area with a hydromassage tub. The Owner’s deck also features a helipad, while the bridge deck has another helipad and an enclosed helicopter hangar flush with the deck. The mega yacht has one garage for tenders and another for cars, as well as an internal submarine dock. When the new Admiral X Force 145 was presented, the description of the design was accompanied by CAD renders of the interiors produced by Italian architect Gian Marco Campanino, created to fit in coherently with the overall appearance of the mega yacht. It’s an aesthetically coordinated look that evokes a sense of fluidity with its use of curved lines and rounded shapes, playing with the mirror reflections on the metal surfaces of furniture and the glass surfaces of the sliding partition panels. Through the inclusion of unusual elements such as indoor stone gardens or ponds with floating fireplaces, everything contributes in a balanced way to creating a style that is futuristic yet also contemporary, offering a visionary, fascinating, dreamlike atmosphere in a vessel that reaches a seductive new frontier in luxury.
Admiral X Force 145 M Technical Specifications
|Beam max||10.00 m|
|Main Engines||3 x 2040 kW|
|Generators||4 x 1200 kW|
|Max speed||18 knots|
|Propellers||3 x Azimut Thrusters (3 x 2040 kW)|
|Bow Thruster||2 x 470 kW|
|Naval Architect||Admiral - NCA - The Italian Sea Group|
|Exterior Designer||Admiral - Dobroserdov Design - Arch. Gian Marco Campanino|
|Interior Designer||Admiral Centro Stile - TBC|
|Builder||Admiral - NCA - The Italian Sea Group