German yard Lürssen has sent its highly-anticipated 90-metre superyacht Project 1601 out on sea trials. The yacht was glimpsed passing through the canals of northern Germany en route to open sea bearing her project name "1601" on the side of the hull.
Featuring exterior styling by Espen Øino, the project has a utilitarian character with a reverse bow, narrow rectangular windows and greenhouse-style glazing on the upper deck. The shipyard and studio had previously collaborated on the 70.7-metre Skat, which shares a number of design features with Lürssen's latest launch.
The bare bones of the 90 metre were first glimpsed in May 2020 when she was sent down the slipway in Rendsburg. The shipyard described the project as "a striking design with extraordinary features" with an exterior “dominated by planar surfaces, straight lines and angular corners."
An interior by Dölker + Voges remains under wraps but is said to mirror the exterior design. Cornelsen & Partner meanwhile has acted as the project manager throughout the build.
Project 1601 was one of two yachts launched by the German shipyard in February following the grand reveal of the 145-metre Project Luminance. Other major projects currently underway at Lürssen include the 122-metre Project Jag, also due for delivery in 2023, and the 142-metre Project Alibaba.