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Contest Yachts and Bentley Motors announce an innovative new Bentley-styled yacht interior

by Contest Yachts 10 Nov 2023 16:00 GMT
Contest 67CS © Contest Yachts

Bringing together Contest's and Bentley's long-shared heritage in luxury performance and lifestyle, this unique collaboration of a one-off interior design for the 20-metre Contest 67CS is a celebration of heritage, craftsmanship, excellence and luxury.

  • Contest Yachts and Bentley Motors collaborate on a unique project creating a jointly styled and designed yacht interior bringing together the beauty of both luxury brands for a mutual client.
  • The specially commissioned 20-metre Contest 67CS features bespoke Bentley Home designs and book-matched interiors harnessing the materials, motifs and techniques utilised on Bentley Motors cars with bespoke details.
  • The yacht handsomely showcases the expert levels of craftsmanship, attention to detail and design flair for which both Contest and Bentley are known.
  • A marriage of two great brands with a shared heritage in luxury performance resulting in a totally new bespoke interior
  • The shared commitment and passion to heritage, sustainability and luxury excellence align seamlessly whilst being open to new opportunities for mutual growth and collaboration to create exciting solutions.

In this collaboration, Bentley's design team, more normally crafting interiors for the Continental GT and Bentayga, worked closely with Contest's own team and interior designers Wetzels Brown Partners to create the unique interior - an exciting challenge pushing creative boundaries. Prototyping methods such as 3D printing were harnessed to confirm the feasibility of individual components, extending to a full mock-up of items prior to fit-out such as the bar and vanity unit created from scratch to the customer's taste, to ensure the exacting finishes and demanding quality standards were met. Bentley's iconic diamond quilted leather hides were then book-matched across the entire vessel interior with detailing including specialist techniques such as hand cross stitching, usually used to produce the Bentley steering wheel were adapted and adopted throughout.

This special commission now further enhances the collaboration model with a potential opening of creating automotive-inspired Contest yacht interiors.

"We are delighted to be working with Bentley Motors, adding the option of fully matched Bentley auto and yacht interiors to our portfolio," says Contest CEO Arjen Conijn. "Previously for another enthusiast of both Contest and Bentley brands, we styled and fabricated a one-off example of our Contest 59CS. This new arrangement, though, takes our cooperation to quite another level, creating the option of an additional dedicated line of Bentley-featured Contest Yachts. We hold so many of the same beliefs and ambitions, it totally makes sense bringing our two fantastic ranges of prestigious luxury yachts and autos together."

Dr Matthias Rabe, Member of the Board for Engineering at Bentley Motors, says, "Yacht interiors, like that of a car must be exact with precision detail. Whilst it was a challenge for our design teams to adapt their craft skills to a yacht interior, providing a totally bespoke extension to our automotive interiors for the water we are delighted with the result. The finished article is a testament to the incredible talent and skill of our craftsmen and women who rose to the challenge and pushed the boundaries of what is possible. It has been a pleasure to work with the Contest team - we share not only a renowned heritage in performance and luxury, but also the desire to continually innovate to provide cleaner, greener efficiencies in our work and production practices and output."

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