Owned by experienced mariner and committed James Bond fan, John Staluppi, the boat is called ‘Diamonds are Forever’ - and it certainly wouldn’t look out of place in a Daniel Craig action movie. Designed to be the beginning of a fresh heritage for the famous Italian boatyard, the 61m is a blend of traditional design and modern stylistic flair. The layout is all about space, services and comfort and while that might appear a fairly simple task on a vessel of this scale, Benetti has supplemented the cabin and wheelhouse arrangement with an additional top deck above the flybridge to create a private panoramic deck a full 12 metres above sea level.

Benetti in Cannes

Inside, there are two master suites and four guest staterooms, plus a guest elevator to all decks, a full-beam sky lounge and a vast open deck space. There is also a top deck above the sun deck, plus a section on the aft end of the sun deck tailored to enable the easy deployment of a helicopter.

With accommodation for up to 12 guests in six cabins, plus a fitness room on the main deck and a relaxation and beauty parlour, the interior design and furnishings, courtesy of a London-based interior design specialist, are extraordinarily sumptuous. Fine Italian marble is complemented by onyx, Madrona burl wood, gold leaf, mother of pearl and Marieux crystal. With 12-knot performance, it’s more about luxury than sport but if that’s for you, then Italy’s oldest superyacht shipyard looks well able to satisfy your needs. See Benetti Yachts for details.