The best binoculars for the bridge of your luxury yacht
by Zoe Dickens
The recent boom in explorer yacht popularity means there is a whole host of toys and accessories stepping up the luxury yachting plate that many owners may never have considered before. And, while it goes without saying that a superyacht submarine or an electric bike are essentials for utmost exploration, a great pair of binoculars is an absolute must if you're to make the most out of your trip. See our edit of the best pairs combining great style with cutting edge design and technology below...
Canon 14x32 IS
A long way from the sailor’s traditional spyglass, Canon has launched three new binoculars with ground-breaking image stabilisers, perfect for a steady view on the rolling sea. The IS binoculars – with 10x, 12x and 14x magnification levels – feature two modes of stabilisation: standard to reduce handshake and a more powerful one to correct larger movements and give a rock steady view. A minimum focus of two metres also allows users to maintain clear vision if the subject suddenly moves closer.
From £1,299, global.canon
Leica Ultravid HD-Plus Edition Safari
German brand Leica unveiled its annual limited edition version of the top-of-the-range Ultravid binoculars in January 2017, this time creating a safari inspired design with French artist Aneas. Available in four sizes, each produced as a limited version of 100, the binoculars are finished with a dark green trim and come presented with a handcrafted canvas case and leather strap. Each pair of binoculars also features '2017' engraved on the body ring and, of course, sharp focus and magnification the Ultravid range is known for.
From $1,979, Leica
Swarovski Optik CL Companion Polaris
Designed with arctic exploration in mind, the new CL Companion Polaris binoculars from Swarovski Optik are dust and water resistant and are available with 8x or 10x magnification. This top travel gadget also comes housed in an handmade case with straps that float so there's no need to worry about dropping your expensive kit when that elusive polar bear finally makes an appearance.
From £995, Swarovski Optik at Tring Astronomy Centre
Steiner Commander Global 7x50
The pair for wannabe admirals. A digital worldwide compass is superimposed on the edge of the viewing image, and a floating neck strap will keep them on the surface.
Zeiss 7x50 GA T* Marine
Impenetrable name aside, this pair of marine binoculars is robust, stable and simple: perfect at sea. The Zeiss lenses are top notch, and they’re easy to operate even with gloved hands.
£1,999, Zeiss at aceoptics.co.uk
Nikon StabilEyes 14x40 VR
Vibration reduction compensates for up to 50 of motion, while nitrogen-filled housing offers fog and water protection. Plus, they make you look like a Star Wars extra.
£2,486, Nikon at binostore.com