Motorboat & Yachting: The worlds of watchmaking and boat manufacturing have come together in the latest model from Italian Sea Group, the Franck Muller 55.
Italian Sea Group has announced details of its new Franck Muller range, which will be unveiled later this week at the Monaco Yacht Show (September 23-26).
Named after and developed in collaboration with the high-end Swiss watchmaker, the first model to be launched from the range is the Franck Muller 55, an open sportscruiser that its designers are billing as “the ultimate toy”.
Hull #1 will come fitted with twin Volvo Penta IPS 950 pod drives for a top speed of 35 knots, although a more powerful IPS 1200 version will be available in due course and should be capable of hitting 40 knots.
Below decks there are two cabins, with ensuite accommodation for the owners plus two guests, while the open-plan teak-laid cockpit provides plenty of socialising space.
The lavish interior design includes ebony cabinetry, marble worktops and ten different types of hand-woven leather upholstery.
Other key features include plenty of exterior LED lights, which the designers claim will create “an artwork at night”.
Franck Muller branded carbon poles and a canvas cover are included, but for those facing unfavourable weather on a more regular basis, the yard plans to launch a hard-top version in the future.
Indeed, the Italian Sea Group has ambitious plans for the Franck Muller range, with 68 Open, 68 HT, 80 HT and 108 RPH models all in development.
Visitors to the Monaco Yacht Show will get the first chance to glimpse the Franck Muller 55 on the water later this week, before it is shipped across the Atlantic for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (November 5-9).