Making its North American debut this week, Azimut’s 27 Metri is a bold departure for the Italian builder. Designer Stefano Righini created a forward-looking masterpiece with the 88-footer’s exterior, combining features like a snub-nose bow and square stern with arguably the most glass in its class (including a huge picture window in the master suite). Azimut also took the unusual step of hiring one of the world’s most sought-after residential architects, Achille Salvagni, to create a gentle, flowing interior that stands in counterpoint to Righini’s muscular exterior. Using natural light, soft curves, and custom furniture, Salvagni created such a wonderful sanctuary that the orders were much higher than anticipated. Of course, Azimut also contributed to this breakthrough yacht with an all-carbon-fiber superstructure that let it expand the size of the flybridge without slowing the yacht down. The Azimut Grande 27 Metri will reach 27 knots. The yacht at Miami show has a four-stateroom layout (though there is the option of a fifth) and quarters for two or three crew.