Today, at Benetti’s Livorno shipyard, the mega yacht “Metis” entered the water for the very first time. She has exteriors designed by Giorgio M. Cassetta and interiors by Bannenberg & Rowell and Birgit Otte Interior Design. The distinctive feature of “Metis” is the innovative layout of the living areas and the owner’s apartment, which covers a surface of over 160 square meters and is filled with natural light that floods in through huge glazed surfaces around its perimeter.
“Metis”, an original and innovative 63 meters Full Custom yacht designed for a German owner, who was introduced by Kurt Lehmann of Yacht Moments, was launched today in Livorno. Yacht Moments – in their role as consultant – have been in charge of the project management during the whole building period.
“While every launch is the source of great pride for us, “Metis” represents something special: her owner, together with Yacht Moments, allows us to enhance our presence in the strategically important German market. As always, we are very pleased to act as spokespeople for ‘Made in Italy’ excellence worldwide,” said Franco Fusignani from the sidelines of the ceremony. The Benetti CEO reasserted the concept: “We’ve been able to maintain the higher level of quality that distinguish all of our yachts while satisfying all the client wishes, even the ones received during the building process like the customized 20 sqm gym on the Fly Deck”.
Fusignani’s comments were echoed by the owner of “Metis”: “Benetti has confirmed its international yacht building reputation for excellence in quality and reliability. The shipyard has successfully interpreted my desires and needs to perfection. I am particularly satisfied with the unique owner’s cabin, which represents the perfect example of customization and excellence”.
Built with a steel hull and an aluminum superstructure, “Metis” is a five deck yacht of 63 meters in length. The flowing exterior lines are designed by Benetti and Giorgio M. Cassetta Design, working in partnership. By designing very clean and soft volumes and enhancing the three-dimensionality through distinct surfaces, Cassetta wanted to realize the dynamic proportions of the yacht. Her character is defined by a long and vertical bow.
For the interiors, the London-based design firm Bannenberg & Rowell has introduced a new approach, heralding in an original asymmetrical layout. The beach club, the main saloon on the Main Deck and the lounge area on the Upper Deck are skewed 30 degrees with respect to “traditional” layouts, revealing new vantage points from which to admire the sea view. The result is a “modern style” yacht where bleached oak with leather inserts and carbon fiber are main elements. The interior decoration has been individually arranged and designed in cooperation with the German Designer Birgit Otte to create a luxury and fine living ambiance on board.
Another distinctive feature of “Metis” is the huge owner’s apartment, situated on the Upper Deck for total privacy. Extending over a surface of 162 square meters, it has an unprecedented panoramic view through the windows that surround virtually almost its entire perimeter and flood the area with light. In addition to the master cabin, the area dedicated to the owner includes two bathrooms with walk-in wardrobes and a spacious day area with sofa and television. The apartment also has a beautiful 55 sqm outdoor terrace and a touch and go helipad.
On the Main Deck, in addition to the saloon containing relaxation and dining areas, there is a customised children’s playroom, twin cabin and adjacent nanny suite, while on the Lower Deck are the four big guest cabins and accommodation for a crew of 12, plus the aft beach club. On the top Bridge Deck, the helm station and connected captain’s cabin are forward, while an outside lounge area aft is furnished with a dining table, a bar, a jacuzzi and a sun lounging area.