Aston Martin has been putting forth a series of diverse projects as of late; last October, we were drawn to the luxury car brand’s exciting partnership with Hackett, which resulted in a line of dapper, timeless menswear for fall.
We were drawn to another Aston Martin collaboration last year at the Monaco Yacht Show: two prototype Aston Martin AM37S powerboats, handcrafted in the UK by Quintessence Yachts. Debuting as standouts in gleaming Monaco Bay for the so-called “Superyacht Safari”, these vessels were the very epitome of luxury at sea.
While Quintessence is headquartered in the Netherlands, the luxury yacht company opted to build these prototypes on a shipyard in the UK near Southampton to honour the British DNA of Aston Martin. The AM37 powerboat is toted by the company as “one of the most innovative luxury yachts on the market today,” and reflects the beauty, power, and soul of the British car manufacturers.
The two prototypes on display in Monaco showcased different exterior and interior detailing. The first, presented at the VIP hospitality area at Quai Rainier III, featured a show-stopping finish in Diavolo Red, offset by an opulent Cream Truffle leather upholstery. The bold Diavolo was carried inside with red stitching, bringing a subtle visual interest to the upholstery. The second prototype featured softer maritime shades with an Occellus Teal exterior and natural teak decks.
Just as these early prototypes bear notable differences, each AM37 will be completely customizable. And with a 37-foot length and 3,5000 unique parts, the options for tailoring this boat to one’s specific needs are endless. According to a press release, buyers will be able to choose from two basic models, a ‘gran turismo’ leisure powerboat with a choice of twin 370hp Mercury diesels or two 430hp Mercury petrol engines, and a “more extreme” AM37S version with twin 52hp petrol engines by Mercury Racing.
Of course, this wouldn’t be the masterwork of Aston Martin or Quintessence without a buffet of unrivalled technology onboard. The sliding cockpit panels, crafted from carbon fibre, can be controlled remotely via a mobile app. A 15” touchscreen in the dashboard places navigation and operation of the control monitor and entertainment system in one convenient hub. Advanced functions on this screen can also manipulate the electric anchor, retractable carbon fibre bimini, and retractable swim platform.
Quintessence Yachts CEO Mariella Mengozzi, speaking from the Feadship VIP Superyacht Safari in Monaco, was enthusiastic about the boat’s performance — and its future. “This is an exciting time for our company. The first two production boats are now on the water and the third is on its way,” she said. “The AM37 is a truly bespoke luxury powerboat, giving clients almost limitless options to personalize the specification, colour, and interior, but also the flexibility to match their requirements for use on lake or sea.”
We’re already itching to take to the seas in one of these beauties.