2013 Dubai Motor Show: Rolls-Royce debuts Celestial Phantom, encrusted with 446 diamonds

Article by Christian A., on November 9, 2013

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is introducing the Celestial Phantom, which features a starry night theme and is encrusted with 446 diamonds. This stunning motor car actually made its debut at the Frankfurt IAA but to make it even more enticing, the automaker painstakingly set diamonds into the door-cappings, centre console lid and rear-privacy divider by hand.

CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said that the automaker built “something truly special” for the Dubai International Motor Show to celebrate the fact that the Middle East is the biggest market for Bespoke cars worldwide.

This unique car is built to commemorate the delivery of the first Phantom to its owner January 1, 2003 at midnight, a decisive moment in Rolls-Royce history.

The exterior color scheme evokes the night sky. The paint has fine glass particles in it, achieving a fascinating sense of depth and light. Upon opening the coach doors of this very special Phantom Extended Wheelbase, you’ll see how the theme continues.

There’s a new version of the Starlight Headliner, which is a highly admired Bespoke feature. Representing the constellations are more than a thousand fibre optic lights hand-woven into the Celestial Phantom’s headlining.

It uses the finest leathers in a ‘Dusk’ hue in reference to the inky nature of a cloudless night sky.

It also comes with Bespoke glassware and an elegantly appointed picnic set that expresses a customer’s lifestyle and passions through their very own personal, highly Bespoke Rolls-Royce. The South Downs Planetarium checked the authenticity of the night-sky constellation arrangement.

The hand-stitching to the headliner subtly illustrates the constellations. There’s engraving on the wheel centres while the car’s ethereal theme is enhanced with an uplit Spirit of Ecstasy figurine.

Furthermore, it comes with a themed re-imaging of the famed Rolls-Royce Picnic Set. The glassware uses a hand-engraved Celestial motif. Famous porcelain maker Nymphenburg was commissioned for the set’s plates, offering an excellent presentation of the constellations.

Rolls-Royce believed that designing the Phantom was like composing a piece of well-known classical music. With time, this idea created the potential of various interpretations while keeping the basic melody that has become so popular.

Like a selection of stirring music, the Phantom always brings delight to its audience. Recognisable melodies, like traditional design motifs that can be found throughout the generations, come alive through an orchestra of artists performing at the Rolls-Royce home in Goodwood, where care for the most minor detail enchants in each vehicle.

Recurring themes start with the celebrated Spirit of Ecstasy that proudly adorns every model's Pantheon grille, inclining into the breeze with pulsating gown, while in silhouette, every Phantom family member presents a lengthy rear overhang and traditional two-to-one ratio for the height of the wheel to body.

The slender-rimmed steering-wheel reminds you of stylishly designed multi-use controls of the Phantom II and III, and additional touches such as the bulls-eye shaped vents and organ-stop plungers further suggest at prior masterpieces.

Twenty-first century design touches also charm owners and anyone for whom a sighting of a Rolls-Royce is an exceptional instance to be cherished. The interlocking double-R Rolls-Royce initials in the hubcaps, for example, stay vertical constantly. The coach doors have a soft-close function, and they contain Teflon-coated umbrellas, providing the most opulent way to disembark from any vehicle, in any weather.

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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars' Bespoke offering took centre stage at the Dubai International Motor Show with the unveiling of the Celestial Phantom, Alpine Trial Centenary Collection and Chicane Phantom Coupé.

The Celestial Phantom

This extraordinary motor car that first debuted at the Frankfurt IAA to great acclaim and is presented with one important addition; 446 diamonds meticulously hand-set into the door-cappings, centre console lid and rear-privacy divider.

"The Middle East is the largest market for Bespoke in the world and in celebration of this we sought to create something truly special for the Dubai International Motor Show. Every Rolls‑Royce is crafted with only the finest materials, extending the Celestial Phantom's starry night theme with one of the rarest and most precious commodities in the world." said Torsten Müller‑Ötvös, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

This one-of-a-kind masterpiece celebrates a seminal moment in Rolls-Royce history - the handover of the first Phantom to its owner at midnight on 1 January 2003.

The exterior colour scheme evokes the night sky – integrating fine glass particles into the paint to achieve an alluring sense of depth and light. The theme continues when one opens the coach doors of this very special Phantom Extended Wheelbase.

Upon entering the car, occupants are welcomed with a new take on Starlight Headliner, a Bespoke feature that has captivated Rolls-Royce's discerning customers more than any. The constellations, exactly as they were at midnight on that historic evening, are represented by over a thousand fibre optic lights hand-woven into the Celestial Phantom's headlining.

The finest leathers, presented in a 'Dusk' hue, allude to the inky quality of a cloudless night sky. Bespoke glassware and an exquisitely appointed picnic set express the manner in which a customer's lifestyle and passions can be seamlessly integrated into their personal, highly Bespoke Rolls-Royce.

Hallmark attention-to-detail is evident throughout. The night-sky constellation arrangement was verified by the South Downs Planetarium to ensure authenticity, whilst hand-stitching to the headliner subtly maps out the constellations.

The exterior is finished with engraving to wheel centres while an uplit Spirit of Ecstasy figurine elegantly alludes to the car's ethereal theme.

Dining under the stars takes on a new dimension with a themed re-imaging of the famed Rolls‑Royce Picnic Set. The glassware features a beautifully hand-engraved Celestial motif whilst celebrated porcelain maker Nymphenburg was commissioned for the set's plates, providing an exquisitely presented image of the constellations.

Phantom Coupé Chicane

The Bespoke Phantom Coupé Chicane car also made its world debut. AGMC, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars' authorised dealer for Dubai, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates commissioned the car during a recent visit to the Home of Rolls-Royce and the adjacent Goodwood Motor Circuit.

"I wanted to create a motor car that captures the unique atmosphere and history of the Goodwood Motor Circuit. The Home of Rolls-Royce's connection to such an important centre of British motoring heritage is something that fascinates my customers," said Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dubai Brand Manager, Mohammed El-Arishy. "The experience of working with Rolls‑Royce's world-class designers to create the beautifully executed Chicane Phantom Coupé was exhilarating. The creativity, vision, skill and attention-to-detail employed in the crafting of these one-off motor cars is unsurpassed in the super-luxury world."

The result, the one-of-a-kind Chicane Phantom Coupé, incorporates design cues and materials that evoke Goodwood's rich motor sport history.

A traditional interior wood-finish makes way for carbon fibre, alluding to the materials used in modern racing machines. This highly contemporary theme extends to the exterior of the car, with the bonnet and windscreen surround finished in matte black, perfectly complementing the Gunmetal exterior paint.

Coloured wheels matching the main exterior paint finish are also specified, the first time such a feature has adorned a contemporary Rolls-Royce motor car.

Hand-crafted details throughout allude to the car's historic motor racing theme with chequered flag otif stitching to the seats echoed on the exterior with a matching Bespoke coachline. The elegant homage is completed with a metal plaque expressing the car's name and Goodwood's famous track layout located discreetly in the glove compartment.

Alpine Trial Centenary Collection

The first ever Bespoke Collection to take inspiration from a heritage Rolls-Royce also debuted at the Show.

A century ago, four Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts embarked on the Austrian Alpine Trials, the most arduous test of automotive endurance of the time. The cars performed without fault, emphatically establishing the marque's reputation as purveyor of 'the best car in the world'.

This limited edition Rolls-Royce Ghost features exquisitely crafted design cues that pay tribute to the 1913 Alpine Trials cars.

The exterior paint hue, for example takes close inspiration from Radley's original Silver Ghost, a car that participated in this year's re-enactment in Austria of the 1913 Alpine Trial, as part of the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Works Team.

The Radley car's distinct black grille and wheels are also replicated across the collection – the first time a painted grille has adorned a contemporary Rolls-Royce motor car.

The cabin plays host to Bespoke details that elegantly tell the story of the Alpine Trial. The clock displays the stages of the rally and timings, whilst inlays to rear picnic tables and the front fascia express the topography and distances of the Alpine route. Each element is meticulously hand-crafted and researched to ensure accuracy, epitomising hallmark Rolls-Royce attention-to-detail.

A hand-painted coachline referencing the four Rolls-Royce motor cars that took part in the rally and headlining, colour-matched to the hood of Radley's car, completes a beautiful homage.

Rolls-Royce Wraith

Wraith, the most powerful, dynamic Rolls-Royce in history also made its Middle Eastern debut. Following a series of exclusive closed-room events and test-drive opportunities, this highly contemporary expression of Rolls-Royce luxury has already captured the imagination of a new generation of discerning Middle Eastern customers.

With a striking fastback design, performance delivers on the promise of its bold exterior styling. 624 bhp is derived from a twin-turbo V12, delivering a 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds. However, Wraith is every inch a refined and luxurious Rolls-Royce, with every possible comfort that one would expect from the pinnacle marque.

Hallmark Rolls-Royce effortlessness is augmented with a suite of specially developed technologies. Satellite Aided Transmission, for example, processes GPS data to predict the driver's next move, automatically selecting the correct gear for the road ahead. A one-touch call button akin to an on-board valet, allows navigation, telephone and multimedia to be controlled via voice commands.

The finest materials constitute an interior that cossets occupants. Canadel Panelling, a tactile open grain wood named after Henry Royce's winter home at the Cote d'Azur, sweeps around the lower hull of Wraith's interior, whilst a Starlight Headliner completes the glamour, bathing the cabin in a warm glow via thousands of tiny fibre-optic lamps hand-woven into the roof-lining.

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