SuperYacht of the Week: Heesen's 55m Quinta Essentia
By Jochem Kaan
With a total of seven deliveries in twelve months, 2011 thus far has proven to be a very busy year for acclaimed Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts. In fact, this being the highest number of the last ten years, the yard's order book currently stretches well into 2014, with an impressive eleven yachts currently being either in design or construction phase.
Recently, a firm glimpse was shown as to what can be expected over the next couple of years, as brand new superyacht Quinta Essentia was launched this may. The vessel, which will be on display from 21 to 24 of September as part of the Monaco Yachts Show, at Quai d'Hirondelle, is a 55 metres semi-displacement yacht which combines extraordinary looks with impressive performance and remarkable fuel efficiency. Impressively, she is also the largest superyacht launched by Heesen Yachts so far.
With a look that can be adequately described as fluent and organic, she has that certain quality that makes a yacht stand out, giving her a subtle blend of qualities, making her instantly recognizable yet having a refined and classy appearance. With exterior lines gracefully flowing, Quinta Essentia shows of a hint of curves in a tasteful manner, making one wonder what hides behind her intriguing exterior.
The delightful colour scheme, which was developed by the owner in collaboration with Dobroserdov Design, consists of a custom made, classic dark red and a clean oyster white tint. The owner being fondly passionate about fine wines from Tuscany, it should come as no surprise that this signature red colour was actually inspired by one of these wines.
Designed by Omega Architects, Quinta Essentia offers quite a few special features, one of which can be immediately seen upon entering the aft deck. Here, a full grand swimming pool including waterfall can be found, just aft of the yacht’s main salon.
Upon entering the vessel's main saloon, a comprehensive flow of design and colour schemes can be noticed from exterior to interior, courtesy to Monaco based Sergei Dobroserdov, of Dobroserdov Design and Nakhimov, who, in close cooperation with Quinta Essentia's current owner, developed the overall design concept. At request of the owner, spaciousness was key in designing the vessel's interiors.
The curves that she seductively shows on her outside are generously applied inside, giving the main saloon a pleasant softness without losing a sense of spaciousness. Firstly, what immediately catches the eye is the lightness of the room, where a soothing, light pallet has the upper hand, occasionally supported by dashes of colour.
Secondly, a comfortable combination of soft and hard materials can be found, resulting in an interior look and feel that is both wonderfully plush and tender, yet perfectly balanced by the use of hard, more high-gloss materials for instance used in ceiling and doors.
The vessel’s luxurious interiors are a well thought-out mixture of futuristic minimalism and intimacy, assuring warm and cosy surroundings which are nicely balanced and discreetly reflect a unique personal style.
The yacht’s name, meaning “the fifth element”, references to the mysterious fifth element that mixes and transcends all the basic classical elements of earth, fire, air and water, a somewhat symbolic representation of how the overall design of this superyacht came into being. An overall design by Ken Freivokh, which was refined by Italian designer Michela Reverberi at the personal directions of the owner’s wishes, all mixed together to create a unique final result.
The four basic elements are represented in the designs of the vessel’s guest cabins, while the mysterious fifth is symbolically integrated into the owner’s suite, which is of a noticeably considerable size, and even features a private balcony, a first for Heesen.
Aside from the owner’s quarters, Quinta Essentia boasts two large guest cabins which are convertible into one big VIP cabin, one double cabin, one twin cabin and an additional VIP cabin on the vessel’s main deck.
The upper deck salon is another extraordinary feature of Quinta Essentia. With full height windows, luscious panorama views are ensured and because these windows can open, inside can be brought outside effortlessly. This spacious area is fitted with a forward lounge and an aft the dining room that can be opened up to the large upper aft deck for spectacular al fresco dining.
Forward on this deck, in front of bridge, a large sunbathing area can be found where guests can enjoy sun and shade alike, either from the comfortable lounging area or on one of the sizeable sunbeds available.
The vessel’s sundeck perfectly completes all that Quinta Essentia has to offer. With a forward sunbathing plus Jacuzzi with marvellous views and an aft dining area with shade from awnings, guests onboard are supplied with ample possibilities for relaxation and supreme comfort. Centrally placed on the same deck, a luxuriously large gym and luscious spa area can be enjoyed.
In consultation with Van Oossanen Associates, Heesen’s in-house naval architects have created a sophisticated and highly efficient hard-chine hull. Powered by a pair of 4,300kW, MTU 20V 4000 M93L diesel engines, Quinta Essentia will reach a notable top speed of 24 knots.
Quinta Essentia gives a wonderful glimpse of the future, setting a new standard of whats next in the world of superyachts.