The Bespoke division at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will create an exclusive car to a customer’s requirements whatever they may be (as long as safety is not compromised). For many years now, Bespoke’s business has been growing as virtually every person who buys a Rolls-Royce will want it personalised in some way. Some may be simple requirements while others may be quite sophisticated – like the Bespoke Phantom conceived in a unique collaboration with Hermès, the French luxury goods company.
Over 3 centuries of combined experience
This is one of the examples of Bespoke’s work which the world gets to see as not all of the models they prepare are publicised if their owners do not agree to do so. “This magnificent expression of our pinnacle product represents a landmark for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, bringing together two houses with more than three centuries’ combined experience and heritage. It is the result of a deep, genuine collaboration between the Houses of Rolls-Royce and Hermès, in which designers, materials specialists and skilled craftspeople worked side by side to create a truly one-of-a-kind Phantom. It has been an extraordinary privilege to unite on such a creatively challenging, technically demanding commission and bring our client’s remarkable vision so beautifully to life,” said Torsten Muller-Otvos, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
The one-of-a-kind Phantom Oribe reflects the personality and passions of its owner, Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa, who envisioned the car as a ‘land jet’, bringing the serene exclusivity of private air travel to the road. ‘Oribe’ comes from antique Japanese Oribe ware, which Maezawa-san collects.
Matching the glazes of Oribe ware
The car’s striking two-tone exterior matches the characteristic green and cream glazes of Oribe ware. The upper part is finished in Oribe Green, a fully Bespoke colour created exclusively for the client; in an unusual move, Rolls-Royce has made the paint available for use on the client’s private jet the Phantom will be paired with. Developed over many months by specialists in the Surface Finish Centre at Goodwood, it perfectly captures the lustrous, deep-green glaze that characterises these 16th century ceramics. The effect is beautifully completed by the cream-white lower section.
The Oribe ware-inspired colourway harmoniously continues through the interior, created and realised through a true meeting of minds between Hermès designers and craftspeople and the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective of designers, engineers and craftspeople. Together, they applied their shared expertise and ingenuity to ensure every individual component embodies the finest traditions of both companies.
The interior is finished predominantly in Hermès Enea Green leather, extending to details that include the immediate touch-points of the client (eg the steering wheel, duchess handles, gear selector and controls for the climate settings). The leather flows around the upper instrument panel, interior pillars and parcel shelf. It also enrobes less visible surfaces including the glove compartment and luggage compartment lining, centre console, decanter stowage compartment and Champagne cooler.
Delicate Hermès piping adorns the headrest cushions and calf supports of the rear seats, while soft Seashell White accents and matching lambswool floor mats create a sense of light and space throughout.
Equestrian heritage of Hermès
The interior is also replete with examples of Rolls-Royce Bespoke design and handcraftsmanship. Wooden speaker frets, for example, are formed by meticulously perforating the Open Pore Royal Walnut veneer applied to the doors, creating a seamless, textured aesthetic and delicate haptics. Open Pore Royal Walnut is additionally applied to the centre and rear consoles and picnic table backs; in another first for Rolls-Royce, the interior features Hermès ‘Toile H’ canvas on the door armrests, centre and rear consoles and, most notably, the signature headliner.
Hermès brings its distinctive equestrian heritage and innovative craftsmanship know-how to the car, with the leather upholstery created using stitching and edge-painting techniques originally employed by master saddlers.
For the Phantom’s Gallery, a feature unique to Rolls-Royce, that runs the length of the motor car’s fascia, Hermès commissioned an artwork based on a design by the celebrated French artist and illustrator Pierre Peron who created many of the House’s iconic scarves. The work, inspired by the famous Hermès horse motif, is hand-painted on Open Pore Royal Walnut and is presented as though staged in an art gallery, behind glass.
“This unique Phantom is a fusion of East and West, ancient and modern, serenity and exhilaration. It was a great creative and cultural exchange working with Hermès; we learned a great deal from each other. It is always a pleasure when a client brings us a bold, clear and imaginative vision, and a great thrill to see it realised so perfectly,” said Michael Bryden, Lead Designer at Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective.
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