WHIMSICAL & WONDERFUL, A MOMENTOUS year for Rolls-Royce bespoke
Rolls-Royce Bespoke commissions at record levels in 2021
Magnificent and emotive client commissions illustrate marque’s stature as a true House of Luxury
Progressive craftsmanship takes Rolls-Royce beyond the realms of automotive manufacturing
In 2021, the House of Rolls-Royce has fulfilled whimsical and wonderful client commissions, resulting in undeniable advancements of Bespoke manufacturing. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has explored, developed and presented new and ambitious interpretations of true luxury, resulting in some of the finest examples of contemporary craftsmanship ever seen.
The Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective – an elite team of engineers, designers and craftspeople – has taken inspiration from historical events and figures, renowned artworks, personal artefacts, nature and the architectural world to create a truly unique set of motor cars that give expression to their owner’s individual style and personality – further shaping the future of luxury.
What follows are some of the finest examples of Bespoke craftsmanship, design and engineering, completed by the Luxury House during 2021.
BESPOKE WRAITH IN PEBBLE PARADISO
A Shanghai based client commissioned a unique Bespoke Wraith in Pebble Paradiso blue – her very own ‘Shanghai seaside inspired paradise’, with a coachline in a Seashell hue symbolising her passion for elegance.
Inside, an artwork featuring a baby girl’s footprints is depicted on the Piano White monitor lid, a tribute to the client’s long sought-after bundle of joy. A Bespoke Starlight Headliner continues the celebration with a personalised constellation paying tribute to her daughter.
Ghost Extended became the canvas for the first ever personalised Illuminated Fascia as part of a very special commission for South Florida luxury collector, David Bartosiak. He asked to adapt the Illuminated Fascia to say ‘DREAM’ rather than ‘GHOST’. He noted, “This wish speaks of the dream I had as a young boy, born under that beautiful night sky in 1983 in Vero Beach, Florida, the dream I instil in those around me every day, and the dream I hope my spirit carries on to the world when I'm gone.”
The Starlight Headliner in Mr. Bartosiak’s commission features the astronomical alignment of the stars over Vero Beach, Florida, on the day of his birth in 1983.
The Collection conceals hidden cyphers, embedded in the design language of the car; to the unknowing eye the unique design cues are simply aesthetic, a sum of elements that add up to create a dynamic façade. However, to the curious mind of a Rolls-Royce client, there lies a code that must be solved and with it, a one-of-a-kind prize to be claimed.
To date, collaborations between cipher enthusiasts and clients have resolved elements of the code, however, the final resolution remains elusive - the race to crack the Wraith Kryptos code is well and truly on.
KENGO KUMA DAWN
Rolls-Royce and Kengo Kuma, renowned Japanese architect, bridged the worlds of luxury and architecture with the unveiling of a first-of-its-kind Bespoke Rolls-Royce Dawn which debuted as a moving representation of the new luxury residence ‘The Kita’ in central Tokyo.
Dawn’s exterior is rendered in Silver Haze and speaks of the silver-grey of the building’s core structural materials. When illuminated by the sun, it reveals a bronze sheen, a warmth that reflects the bronze koshi screen louvers on the exterior of the building. The warm, intimate feel of natural open-pore Royal Walnut panelling on the rear deck nods to the rich Walnut panelling of the towering penthouse entrance lobby.
GHOST EXTENDED URBAN SANCTUARY
Further exploring Ghost´s Post Opulent design philosophy Urban Sanctuary debuts an elevated expression of Parquetry. Recalling the ‘cracked ice’ effect of the wooden window shutters on a pavilion building within Shanghai’s storied Yu Yuan Gardens, this geometric mosaic of wood pieces is finished in un-lacquered open-pore Obsidian Ayous veneer. The ‘cracked ice’ theme is also referenced by way of Bespoke embroidered panels in the seat inserts.
A spectacular, one-of-a-kind Cullinan was created to mark the UAE’s historic Golden Jubilee in 2021. The exterior was adorned with a double coachline – the upper line in Hotspur Red, the lower Fame Green. The effect was completed with a Gold Bullion Coachline Motif, the national flag rendered in Hotspur Red, Fame Green and Black on the C-Pillar Motif, and a double wheel-centre pinstripe to represent the National Flag of the UAE.
The tailored interior mirrors the exterior, with Arctic White, Black and Hotspur Red leather, with Fame Green Contrast Stitch.
CULLINAN IN PIKES PEAK BLUE
Ben and Christine Sloss, car enthusiasts and endurance racers, commissioned a Bespoke Black Badge Cullinan from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Los Gatos.
Finished in unique Pikes Peak Blue, the hue pays homage to the legendary Colorado hill-climb, one of the customer’s favourite events. Combined with the vivid flashes of Forge Yellow on the hand-painted coachline, wheel-centre pinstripes and brake callipers, the Black Badge Cullinan carries the colours of the flag of Modena and the livery featured on the couple’s racing cars, each door panel is embroidered with Mrs. Sloss’ personal racing logo – a stylized stiletto.
A unique collaboration saw the House of Rolls-Royce and the House of Hermès co-create a Bespoke Phantom for Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa. Named Phantom Oribe, the motor car features a Bespoke two-tone exterior finish, inspired by the client’s world-class
collection of ancient Japanese ceramics, Oribe ware. In an unusual move, the Rolls-Royce paint was made available for use on the client’s private jet that the Phantom is paired with.
The interior is finished predominantly in Hermès Enea Green leather, extending to immediate touchpoints for the client. In a first for Rolls-Royce, Hermès ‘Toile H’ canvas adorns the door armrests, centre and rear consoles and, most notably, the signature headliner.
Phantom Oribe’s Gallery, a feature unique to Rolls-Royce that runs the length of the motor car’s fascia, features an artwork based on a design by the celebrated French artist and illustrator Pierre Péron (1905–1988), who created many of Hermès’ iconic scarves.
PHANTOM TEMPUS COLLECTION
The Phantom Tempus Collection, strictly limited to just 20 examples, is inspired by the concept of time – how it passes, and how it can be made seemingly to stand still.
A key component illustrated in an elaborate headliner is a rare astronomical phenomenon, the pulsar, unknown until 1967 and found only in the deepest reaches of space. These very dense, white-hot stars emit electromagnetic radiation in extremely regular pulses, making them a point of reference for some of the most accurate clocks in the universe.
The exterior of the Phantom Tempus Collection is presented in a new Bespoke paint finish, Kairos Blue, created to embody the darkness and mystery of space.
Phantom Koa is the first Phantom to incorporate Koa wood, a rare species of tree that grows only on Hawaiian soil. The inspiration came from car enthusiast, Jack Boyd Smith, Jr. and his wife Laura, who came to appreciate the warmth and character of Koa having spent significant amounts of time in Maui, Hawaii.
After three years of collaboration with the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective, Mr. Smith’s Bespoke commission now features in his personal collection of more than 60 unique motor cars in the JBS Collection Museum.
The Rolls-Royce Landspeed Collection, strictly limited to just 25 examples of Black Badge Dawn and 35 of Black Badge Wraith, draws inspiration from George Eyston’s remarkable life and record-breaking feats. It also has strong aesthetic links to the unique, otherworldly landscape of the Bonneville Salt Flats where Thunderbolt made him, albeit briefly, the fastest man on Earth.
The honours George Eyston received are marked in both Black Badge Wraith and Dawn Landspeed with a subtle detail in the driver’s door, made in the same Grosgrain weave silk and colours to match the original medal ribbons.
In Black Badge Wraith Landspeed, the Starlight Headliner perfectly recreates the heavens as they appeared over the Flats on 16 September 1938, the date on which Eyston and Thunderbolt set their third and final world land-speed record.
CULLINAN ‘BLACK AND BRIGHT’
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Moscow presented Black Badge Cullinan ‘Black and Bright’, inspired by the ambience of Moscow at night.
This limited series, exclusive to the Muscovite dealership, features five Black Badge Cullinans in bold individual colour combinations. Black Badge Cullinan’s Technical Carbon veneer is personalised with a matching colour inlay design, whilst the legendary starlight headliner echoes the exterior and interior accents.
ROLLS-ROYCE COACHBUILD: BOAT TAIL
The creation of three Boat Tails heralds a significant future for the modern coachbuilding movement, with Rolls-Royce confirming Coachbuilding as a permanent fixture in its future portfolio.
Coachbuilding is a highly distilled expression of Rolls-Royce Bespoke, reserved for those who look to move beyond existing constraints.
Boat Tail is a hand-built masterpiece of generous proportions, in which both the bodywork and interior are designed and produced in close consultation with the clients, to their exact specifications. The creations tell the romantic tale of Rolls-Royce’s history, echoing a Boat Tail design but not explicitly mimicking it, fusing a historical body type with a thoroughly contemporary design.
The first of the three magnificent Boat Tails was exhibited at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in October, 2021. The second will make its global public debut at Villa d’Este 2022.