|The luxury motor yacht commissioned by late Apple founder Steve Jobs is docked at the De Vries shipyard in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands.(Shanghai Daily Photo)|
THE sleek, white superyacht glistens under a gray autumnal sky, a posthumous testament to the design aesthetic of Steve Jobs.
Just over a year after the Apple founder died, the luxury motor yacht he commissioned and helped French product designer Philippe Starck make has finally slipped into an anonymous Dutch backwater.
Looking like a floating Apple store, it bears all the hallmarks of a new Jobs-inspired creation - crisp white lines, polished metal, glass. And secrecy.
Late on Tuesday, shipbuilder Feadship announced it had launched the "78.2-meter all-aluminum, full custom motoryacht Venus" at its yard in Aalsmeer, just south of Amsterdam, two days earlier.
Starck said he is "proud of Venus as he feels it reflects Jobs expectation and vision."
The superyacht has a long white hull with a row of circular portholes just above the water line and two glass-walled cabins on the top deck, one on top of the other.
Starck said Jobs asked him to design a boat in 2007 and approved his design at their second meeting to discuss the project.
"The project never changed during the process of five years dedicated to a rigorous work on details," Starck said.
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