Amels Madame Kate: An Exquisite Technical Jewel
Glistening like a pearl in the sun, Madame Kate gracefully cruises the seas, cutting through the waves with her dramatic, scimitar-inspired bow. Her distinctive profile is made even more impressive by the striking porthole design, accented by sweeping deck glazing. A true jewel in the crown of Amels, the Dutch shipyard is rightfully proud of this second hull of its Limited Editions 199 series. Two years in the making, she compromised nothing in delivering a most elegant and original yacht to her owner.
With the request to “stand out,” the owner’s rep Benoit Faure of Yachting Concept and the owner’s captain Daniel Sola worked hand-in-hand with the Amels team, insuring a quality build that met the owner’s brief every step of the way. Beginning with the stunning paint finish, their tireless attention was well rewarded upon the 2015 delivery.
Deciding on a pearl effect paint that glistens like the nacre of a true pearl, the paint finish on Madame Kate was inspired by a high performance Lamborghini automobile. More complicated than a simple metallic finish, the shimmering layers of mica immersed in a binder, in between layers of clear coat, reflect light similar to the arrangement of layers of nacre on a pearl. Not a speck of dust, nor drip runner, would be allowed, as experts oversaw the application. The stunning effect of Madame Kate’s pearl effect paint demanded perfection, as the transparent layers required smooth, flawless application.
Made even more brilliant with a unique arrangement of lighting, both above and below the waterline, Madame Kate’s shimmering appearance mesmerizes onlookers with her chic finish. The Tim Heywood design, with an unmistakable line of portholes and angles, further define her appearance, setting her out as a most sophisticated build, increasing efficiency and speed in the process. Capable of 5000 nm range, she cruises at 15 kts. with a top speed of 16.5.
The Laura Sessa Romboli designed interiors, outfitted in an art moderne style with whimsical accent color palette, surround guests in a happy atmosphere charged with a pleasant energy. Six cabins comfortably accommodate 12 guests, with a full beam master on the upper deck, two VIPs on the bridge deck, and a double in addition to two twin cabins on the lower deck. The galley is located on the main deck, placing it squarely as a central focus for the gourmet owners, highlighting the creation of fine culinary masterpieces at sea.
Equipped with a gym, sun deck Jacuzzi, helipad, large beach club, and tender garage with space for water toys and scuba gear, this intelligent build earned the attention of many at her debut. In September at the Monaco Yacht Show, Madame Kate was honored with the RINA Award as well as the Interior Design Award. She is also a finalist in the Showboats Design Awards for 2016, favored to win in Kitzbühel this coming February.
The brilliant design of the yacht is carried through to the limousine tender, echoing the porthole windows wrapped with a sweep of glazing. Illustrative of the detail on board, the effect is exceptional, and her contemporary chic unmatched. Capturing the attention of onlookers with every glance, this graceful pearl sets a new bar for both luxury and technology.