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This week, learn more about a new build from Palmer Johnson, a refit from RMK and a look back at the Pride of Baltimore in a limited edition watch from Ulysse Nardin.

RMK Marine Delivers Keyla

This 148-foot (45.3-meter) yacht was once known as Chevy Toy and Stanley Z, but after her extensive refit at the RMK shipyard in Turkey, she has been delivered to her owners as MY Keyla. All told, Keyla spent more than 18 months in the yard while RMK and Hot Lab Yacht & Design studio worked with the owner and his family to work out the revamped interior, updated mechanics and systems as well as extend the hull by over six feet (two meters). The improvements didn’t only affect the guest areas. One of the owner’s first requests was for improvements to the crew and service areas of the yacht. The hull, originally built by Trinity, is now dressed in Awlgrip Kingston Grey.


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Palmer Johnson Delivers Lady M

Built by Palmer Johnson and managed by Moran, Lady M recently joined her new owners. The Nuvolari & Lenard-designed yacht, constructed under the project name Stimulus, has already completed her maiden voyage across the Atlantic. On top of trans-Atlantic range, Lady M can cut through the waves at speeds up to 28 knots. At 213 feet (65 meters), Lady M is the largest Palmer Johnson to date and the first in the PJ120 series.


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Ulysse Nardin Limited Edition Timepiece

Switzerland-based Ulysse Nardin has been making timepieces since 1846. Over the years, the company has released hundreds of designs and limited edition collections. This year Ulysse Nardin is showcasing a 30-piece line featuring a clipper yacht on the face. According to a release by the company, this particular watch was inspired by “the history changing use of Baltimore Clippers during the War of 1812.”


In a clever attempt to compensate for the modest size of the U.S. Navy, President James Madison issued Letters of Marquee and Reprisal to private ship owners, enabling them to act as privateers, or legal pirates, of Great Britain’s merchant vessels. The captains and crews of these topsail schooners set into action, crippling approximately 1,700 British merchant ships by way of capture or sinking. As well, the Baltimore Clippers barged through the British naval blockade of the U.S. coastline, including the Chesapeake Bay, reaching the shores with weapons and other artillery needed to fight America’s Second War of Independence.

To be a successful privateer, superior sailing performance of a Baltimore Clipper was mandatory, and it was Captain Thomas Boyle of the Chasseur who became recognized as one of the most famous American privateers. Returning to Baltimore after the capture of the HMS St. Lawrence, Boyle’s most famous seize, the Niles Weekly Register applauded the victory by naming Chasseur, her captain and crew the “Pride of Baltimore.”

The commemorative face is surrounded by either 18-karat white or rose gold and depicts the Pride of Baltimore capturing the HMS St. Lawrence. The watch includes a 40mm-diameter case, has a self-winding movement and is powered by Ulysse Nardin’s COSC Chronometer certified 815 caliber. The timepiece also includes a power reserve of 42 hours and is water resistance up to 164 feet (50 meters).

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