PRESTIGE History

PRESTIGE heritage

PRESTIGE was born more than 30 years ago with the desire to create exceptional boats, designed for exceptional customers, who aspire to live out their dreams.
Driven by passion, craftsmanship, and talent, PRESTIGE is a world leader in today’s international motor yacht market, with a heritage built on the great industrial savoir-faire of the JEANNEAU shipyard.  Discover the key milestones in its history.

1957

BIRTH OF THE JEANNEAU SHIPYARD, AN INSTANT SUCCESS

Henri Jeanneau, a powerboat racing enthusiast, created the Jeanneau shipyard.  From the very first lines of those early wooden boats, Jeanneau models have been distinguished by their innovative technical solutions, timeless design, and artisanal savoir-faire. This shipyard was a pioneer, being among the first to use fiberglass technology with polyester resin. 

1989

THE FIRST PRESTIGE MODEL

Jeanneau, with the long-term collaboration of Garroni Design, launched the first PRESTIGE on the market of luxury motor yachts. The PRESTIGE 41 marked the beginning of the PRESTIGE brand story, earning its reputation for contemporary style and seaworthiness. 

2000

THE FIRST PRESTIGE FLYBRIDGE

The PRESTIGE 36 introduced the brand to Flybridge motor yachts segment, giving birth to first generation of the F-LINE range. PRESTIGE Flybridges were appreciated for their spacious storage, wide sundecks, and full helm station, for fully enjoying life at sea.

PRESTIGE EXPANSION

During this period, PRESTIGE experienced rapid expansion with the opening of a modern production facility next to the historic Jeanneau shipyard, in Les Herbiers, France.

2010

EXPANSION TO NORTH AMERICA

In 2010, PRESTIGE ventured to expand its global presence by establishing a dealer network in North America.

F-LINE SECOND GENERATION

PRESTIGE became a separate brand, thanks to the success of the 500: the “Icon,” the first model of the second generation of the F-LINE.  The PRESTIGE 500  offered innovative features, such as the “owner's suite” and the 360°view onboard, defining some of the key characteristics of the brand.

LAUNCH OF THE S-LINE

At this time, the first 500S and the 60S were launched in response to a request for sportier handling and lifestyle onboard. The PRESTIGE S-Line features sporty yachts, where even the smallest detail has been designed to combine performance and reactivity, without compromise.

2012

LARGEST DEALER NETWORK IN EUROPE

PRESTIGE became a key player on the international stage, benefiting from the largest European dealer network. The success of the PRESTIGE 500 propelled PRESTIGE beyond Europe and onto the international stage, and notably on the US market.

2014

THE LARGEST PRESTIGE YACHTS: the 750, A 75-FOOT MOTOR YACHT

PRESTIGE reached another milestone with the launch of its flagship yacht:  the PRESTIGE 750. This motor yacht redefined comfort and contemporary design, earning multiple awards, including the 2014 WORLD YACHTS TROPHIES in the categories “Best Layout” and “Most Achieved," the 2014 Nautic Design Award, and the 2015 European Power Boat of the Year.

2016

A COMPLETE LINE OF YACHTS, FROM 40 TO 75 FEET

As a market leader, PRESTIGE launched the 680 and 680 S, featuring exceptional interiors and innovative design, receiving widespread acclaim for their remarkable achievements.  They featured the novel concept of a raised forward owner’s cabin, and they offered an independent cabin with private access and bright natural lighting.  Recognized for these innovations, the PRESTIGE 680 was named Motor Boat of the Year 2016.

2017

A TRULY GLOBAL PRESENCE

With the launch of four major new models – the 560, the 560S, the 630, and the 630S –  PRESTIGE continued to develop its product offer, supported by an ever-expanding international network of marine professionals.  By 2017, PRESTIGE had established a truly global presence, with 4,000 owners around the world sharing the values of the brand.  The success of the PRESTIGE brand is the result of an audacious product development plan and an ambitious strategy to conquer the luxury powerboat market.

2018

THE LAUNCH OF A TRUE BEST SELLER : PRESTIGE 520

The 520 is an evolution of the iconic PRESTIGE 500, concentrating all the knowledge and experience of the shipyard in the field of luxury motor yachts.
“We have incorporated evolutions in the 520, while preserving its heritage and timeless design. We wanted this flybridge to last through the years without becoming outdated, remaining a reference on the market of 50-footers,” explains Camillo GARRONI, of GARRONI Design."

2019

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF YACHT BUILDING

This year is a significant milestone for PRESTIGE, with the celebration of its 30th anniversary.

2020

LAUNCH OF THE PRESTIGE X-LINE DEDICATED TO LUXURY AND ART DE VIVRE

With this new X-line, dedicated to the luxury of space and to the Art de Vivre, PRESTIGE keeps innovating and enhancing onboard comfort and well-being.  The X-Line is designed as your own private island, an escape from everyday life.
The X70, the first yacht in the new X-Line, redefines space, light, and luxury, placing an accent on fine materials and exceptionally high-quality finish.  Life aboard the X70 combines the comfort of a luxury villa and the pleasures of life at sea in a radically new way.

 

2021

THE PRESTIGE 690 BECOMES THE F-LINE FLAGSHIP

This new yacht reflects the heritage of the brand while integrating all the latest evolutions. Bright and spacious, with an immense flybridge, each detail onboard has been carefully considered for living close to the sea.

2022

A NEW DIMENSION OF PRESTIGE: LAUNCH OF THE M-LINE

Entering the multihull motor yacht market, PRESTIGE takes a major step, offering an all-new experience in the art of living well.  The M48 is a villa that opens on the sea, with redefined living spaces and infinite views. 

2023

TWO MAJOR LAUNCHES... THE F4 AND THE M8

The two new models strengthen and expand the PRESTIGE product range.  With the M8, the brand-new flagship of the line, PRESTIGE enters a new market sector, while the F4 brings an innovative new design to the segment, in which PRESTIGE is already the market leader.

THIRD GENERATION OF THE F-LINE
The F4 marks the birth of the 3rd generation of the F-Line.  This new model introduces innovative new features, such as the Oceanview galley and the semi-main deck master suite, as well as the versatile flybridge. 

BRAND-NEW FLAGSHIP

The M8 flagship, built in Italy at the Monfalcone shipyard, offers smooth, serene cruising that is more respectful of the environment, with reduced energy consumption.