Equally as exciting as our trip to the Riva boatyard is Marc Newson's new speedboat for the iconic Italian brand, a high-tech take on nautical design. The Aquariva—first created in 2001—receives an innovative yet simplified makeover, with phenolic composite (an extremely durable wood-like laminate) covering the deck area instead of traditional mahogany and anodized aluminum used in place of stainless steel for an overall sleeker aesthetic.
Heralding the classic glamor of the Aquariva's predecessor, the Aquarama, Newson infused identifiable Riva attributes while keeping within his own signature style. A streamlined instrument panel, a wrap-around laminated glass windshield, separated driver and passenger seats, handles and hooks that disappear when not in use, a re-imagined stern and state-of-the-art transmission all bring the boat to new standards without compromising its history as an opulent pleasure vessel.
A limited edition of 22, Newson's Aquariva will debut in September 2010 and will be available worldwide through NYC's Gagosian Gallery.