French shipyard Couach Yachts announced this week their intentions on returning its yacht building division to full strength. As a leader in high-speed naval and civil service craft, the company teamed up with designer Espen Oeino to capture the brand’s timeless elegance in a fresh design that will carry the group’s new generation ambitions.
Over the next 18 months, Chantier Naval Couach will release three new lines of yachts designed by Espen Oeino International. The Timeless Collection will consist of fast-cruising flybridge models measuring 20-40 metres. An open, Super Sport Collection of the same size range will offer clients an even more exhilarating experience, with the final Super Yacht Collection dedicated to custom projects in excess of 40 metres.
The first model in the Timeless Collection was unveiled by the designer in Monaco last night in the form of a 26.2-metre, 30-knot flybridge yacht. Walter Ceglia, CEO at Couach, confirmed at the unveiling that construction on this model will commence shortly. “It is a privilege and an honour to be working with such a prestigious name as Espen Oeino for these three new Couach yacht lines,” he commented. “The Timeless and Super Sport models will offer a rare opportunity to buy an Espen Oeino-designed yacht in this size range. When it comes to the Super Yacht range, there are many exciting ways our skills and capabilities will combine to produce a truly exceptional unique superyacht.”
Oeino’s understanding of the brand’s history and tradition made this a special project to work on: “When creating the look for the Timeless Collection, we wanted to draw upon the historically strong identity that Couach had between the 1970s and 1990s; to bring back something that was distinctive and instantly recognisable with strong, meaningful lines,” he said. “Although this new design is very elegant, it reflects the serious purpose of Couach’s non- yachting vessels.”
Along with the 26-metre model, an in-house developed and engineered yacht that will form part of Couach’s Lounge Collection was also introduced. A 38-metre semi-displacement yacht designed by Clément Carbonne is a display of defined and robust lines, complimented by a practical layout and open deck spaces.