– William Arthur Ward
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.