THE AWARD-WINNING PRESTIGE 680 COMPRISES ALL THE KEY POINTS THAT HAVE MADE THE LINE A SUCCESS, AS WELL AS SOME OF THE EXCELLENT QUALITIES OF THE FLAGSHIP 750.
JOINING JEANNEAU’S LINE of Prestige luxury motor yachts, the award-winning Prestige 680 features an interior design synonymous with light, space, ease of movement and privacy. With bold, timeless lines and high-quality materials, fit and finish, she offers the same technical attributes found throughout the line, while also benefitting from the latest innovations.
Designed to be equipped with twin Volvo IPS 1200 engines, the Prestige 680 offers enjoyable, comfortable cruising at 25 knots with a maximum speed of 30 knots.
The Prestige 680 made her Asian debut at this year’s Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show (April 29-May 2).
“The Prestige 680 is arriving in Asia with very high ambitions,” says Paul Blanc, Managing Director of Jeanneau Asia Pacific.
“Her elegant lines, raised 360-degree view from the inside, or even the main deck master cabin convertible into an entertainment room have been key elements for her very successful commercial start throughout the world.”
At another Hong Kong event in August, 40 VIP guests of Jeanneau and Hong Kong dealer China Pacific Marine were invited to explore the Prestige 680 in a special event held at the Aberdeen Boat Club.
“These VIP guests enjoyed an opportunity to visit the Prestige 680 and share their impressions over a buffet dinner,” says Blanc. “This much-appreciated event enabled our special guests to take in the impressive panoramic view from the interior of the Prestige 680.”
Hong Kong Cruising
On a beautiful summer afternoon recently, Blanc and the crew from China Pacific Marine pulled up to the dock at Aberdeen Boat Club to pick up the Asia-Pacific Boating team for a cruise in the Prestige 680. The large swim platform at the stern made it easy to step from the dock onto the yacht, and the outdoor area at the back of the main deck is quite inviting with plush cushions and welcome shade on a very hot day.
Inside the main saloon, the air-conditioning cools us down as we take in the spacious surroundings. For a 68-foot yacht, the 680’s saloon is impressively roomy even with a full galley in the aft port corner, a large sofa and table opposite, another sofa forward on the port side facing a TV and the helm station to starboard, along with another door for side access to the starboard gangway.
Although much of this space comes down to modern design and building methods, the huge windows that wrap around the main saloon create the impression there’s more room inside than there is actually.
It’s comfortable and large enough for family and friends to enjoy together, or to hold a business meeting. There is one step beside the sink counter in the galley and the main living area. Perhaps the option of having a gentle ramp would make it easier to navigate.
Down below in the cabin area, the 680 really shines. The Owner’s cabin in the bow is full-beam, very spacious and has lots of headroom. The two (or three) guest cabins in mid-ships have en suites, one of which is shared by the two single-bed cabins in the three-cabin layout.
The cabins benefit from an ideal layout thanks to a deck entirely dedicated to guests and isolated from the Owner’s cabin, each part with its own staircase. There is a two-berth crew cabin at the stern that’s accessible from the swim deck.
The Prestige 680 offers a hull and accommodation plan in the tradition of the DNA of other successful Prestige yachts.
On the outside, this model with its stretched lines benefits from a J&J Design’s hull with a pronounced hull strake for comfortable, fast navigation.
The Prestige 680 preserves the technical attributes of the Prestige DNA by offering a Volvo IPS 1200 engine type for easy manoeuvrability and suitable for sailing short-handed.
Prestige is also a philosophy: that of a brand close to its customers. Each one is unique and benefits from the brand’s full attention. Each year, these customers are invited to visit the shipyard in an exclusive, exceptionally intimate setting.
The world of Prestige is revealed through each of the internal key players and designers dedicated to Prestige who come to just simply speak with customers.
Much of our time on this Hong Kong cruise is spent in the shade up on the flybridge, enjoying the breeze and chatting on the sofas without having to shout even at full speed. The Volvo IPS system is very quiet, and there’s little noticeable vibration.
The flybridge is a very large, private space linking a lounge area with a galley bar to a large sunbathing area forward for guaranteed moments of relaxation. The retractable fabric canopy provides excellent shade, and towards the bow there are sunpads wrapped around the flybridge’s portside helm station.
At this helm position, visibility towards the stern is maximised so that it is always easy to manoeuvre. There is a large wooden dining table with chairs and two L-shaped sofas up here for guests to enjoy, day or night. Much like the main saloon, this is an excellent area for entertaining – with cooking area, sink and space to store drinks.
As regards the interior, you will be seduced by the all-round view, bathed in light thanks to three large windows for 360-degree views. The main saloon continues the Prestige strong points by offering a galley where you enter, a dining area with a luxury table and a lounge in the middle with a sea view, each area having plenty of specially designed storage space.
On this model the Prestige 680 has a separate side access from the starboard sideway that extends the saloon like a balcony with a large, glazed sliding door.
The Prestige website offers a 360-degree video of the 680, as well as other models.
The Prestige 680 inherits all the attributes initially considered for the flagship of the range, the Prestige 750. This new model is characterised by a harmonious interior, worked with original materials to aim for an exceptional finish.
As well as the calm, warm atmosphere produced by the colours and surroundings on offer, the Prestige 680 uses the original concept of the raised Owner’s cabin forward, giving an independent cabin on one level that is private and very light thanks to large hull and deck windows.
The Prestige 680S (Sportfly) is being unveiled at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival in early September. The concept of the Sportfly, already rolled out on the Prestige 620S, features a large sliding glass sunroof that opens the saloon to the outdoors, instantly transforming the interior space.
Perfectly integrated into her sporty design, the 680S’s flybridge boasts a fully equipped helm station – as well as an inviting saloon.