IWC Schaffhausen and Solaris Yachts announce their new partnership at boot Düsseldorf 2020, the world’s largest boat and water sports fair. The Swiss watchmaking company and the Italian luxury yacht brand share an ethos of extraordinary design and excellent craftsmanship, with the two companies guided by the values of quality, performance and long service life.
Solaris Yachts embody both the athleticism and elegance of sailing. The company is based in Aquileia, on the shores of the Venetian Lagoon, and has been building oceangoing sailing yachts that meet the highest requirements since the 1970s. Characterised by exceptional design and outstanding sailing performance, they set new standards for leisure sporting yachts. Solaris combines high-tech solutions like carbon-fibre and glass-fibre composite materials, with traditional, solid shipbuilding. The Italian company also meets the highest demands for interior design, with cabins that impress down to the smallest detail with perfect, highquality craftsmanship and refined woodwork.
“Sailing and navigation have been part of the IWC brand universe since the 1980s. With Solaris, we have found the perfect partner to make this world come alive.” – Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.
“We have been building yachts with a focus on design, quality, robustness, functional performance and long service life for over 40 years,” added Paolo Buonvicini, co-owner of Solaris Yachts. “These are values that IWC also embodies. We are proud to welcome the brand on board as a partner”.
Further joint projects between IWC Schaffhausen and Solaris Yachts are already planned for this year and will be announced in due course.
YACHTING EXCELLENCE SINCE 1974
The venture started in the 70s in Aquileia, on the shores of the Venetian Lagoon, where first the Romans and then the Serenissima Republic left their important seafaring heritage to be taken up by Solaris Yachts, manufacturer of Solaris. With a total area of 26,000 sqm, including 6,000 sqm undercover, besides building ‘custom’ yachts, the yard has refitted and restores yachts of up to 100 feet.
With forty years of dedicated boat building and refitting experience, and a unique know-how, the technical department and skilled workers of Solaris design and build superior sailing yachts, combining technology and strength with the traditional manufacture of incomparable wood interiors. In 2018, a new era dawned for Solaris Yachts. The historic headquarters in Aquileia were extended to facilitate the production of each new Solaris yacht to optimum standards. Thanks to the expansion and reorganisation of all the company’s logistics, the production process has benefitted from a further leap in efficiency. With a more modern and functional working environment, it’s now possible to take care of the boats under construction, down to the smallest details.