DARK KNIGHT

– Wil­liam Arthur Ward

The Peak (Malaysia) - - The Brief -

Hugo Boss sets sail in style.

Hugo Boss, the Ger­man pur­veyor of an­gu­lar suits, has re­cently un­veiled a brand new sail­ing boat as part of the lat­est chap­ter of its 12-year-long part­ner­ship with lead­ing Bri­tish sailor, Alex Thom­son. The de­sign of this im­pos­ing ves­sel took two years to com­plete and was as­sem­bled by a team of 30 naval ar­chi­tects from French com­pany VPLP/Verdier. Whether this new rac­ing yacht is go­ing to be the fastest sail­ing boat in the world is yet to be de­ter­mined; but the one thing that’s cer­tain is that skip­pers and sail­ing fans around the world will not be able to take their eyes off its all­black de­sign.

The brain­child of renowned in­dus­trial de­signer, Kon­stantin Gr­cic, this fear­some aes­thetic was achieved us­ing pig­ments de­vel­oped by chem­i­cal gi­ant BASF. The pig­ment fea­tures spe­cial heat-re­flect­ing prop­er­ties to pre­vent tem­per­a­tures from ris­ing in the cab­ins below deck and pro­tect the struc­tural in­tegrity of the com­pos­ite ma­te­ri­als. The im­pos­ing ves­sel is also five per cent lighter than the team’s pre­vi­ous rac­ing yachts, which can be at­trib­uted to the hon­ey­comb pat­terned deck made us­ing Nomex – the very same light­weight ma­te­rial used to cre­ate pro­tec­tive gar­ments for fire fight­ers.

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