2014 Paris Motor Show: Rolls-Royce debuts the Phantom Metropolitan Collection

Article by Christian A., on October 2, 2014

For the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveiled its latest Bespoke offering, the Phantom Metropolitan Collection. Inspired by the modern metropolis, the new vehicle arrives with a special interior that includes small pieces of wood veneer that forms decorative motifs.

According to the British manufacturer, the design was created through the expert application of 500 individual wood veneer pieces and the unique objects took several days to be completed.

The cityscape theme extends beyond the wood surfaces as the special vehicle features Aetherius Grey leather with rear seats fitted with 6,800 two-tone stitches to the central flutes that resembles an abstract image of a skyscraper.

In addition, the interior gets a specially developed Bespoke clock featuring a rotating bezel that expresses 24 of the great cities of the world and their time zones. Darkest Tungsten is the exterior colour inspired by the city skylines but if you don’t like it, Rolls-Royce offers a choice of up to 44,000 colours for those who will buy the Phantom Metropolitan Collection.

If you liked this vehicle and want to buy one, you should call your dealer in this moment as Rolls-Royce will only offer 20 units of the special edition.

Elegant marquetry in the Rolls-Royce Phantom Metropolitan Collection is further refined by choosing only perfect individual wood veneers. To ensure only the best materials are included, the carmaker will immediately reject veneers with even the smallest flaws like flecks and knots.

The colors of each wood veneers are adjusted by using the traditional hand-process of hot-sand shading. Then each veneer would undergo a final inspection under magnification on a light box to make that they are perfect to be used on the Phantom Metropolitan Collection.

The metropolitan theme of the vehicle is not just visible on the Phantom's wood surfaces. Rolls-Royce developed an Aetherius Grey leather color to emulate the palette of the modern city. On the other hand, the central rear seat flutes feature 6,800 two-tone stitches that convey an abstract image of a skyscraper.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Metropolitan Collection is fitted with a Bespoke clock and a rotating bezel on its central console corresponding to 24 of the great cities in the world as well as their time zones.

Moreover, Phantom Metropolitan Collection is one of the limited collections that Rolls-Royce launched this year, including the Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection and the Pinnacle Travel Phantom.

These limited edition models reflect Rolls-Royce’s renowned image as one of the prominent makes of bespoke cars. In fact, record levels of Bespoke demand were reported in September 2014. Additionally, almost every Phantom across the globe, 90 percent of Wraith and 80 percent of Ghost models were ordered with some aspects of Bespoke design.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, chief executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, remarked that Paris is the ideal place to unveil the Phantom Metropolitan Collection since the city echoes the carmaker’s brand promise in combining the timeless and the modern.

He noted that the Phantom Metropolitan Collection showcases the extraordinary scope for Bespoke personalization that Rolls-Royce offers to its customer.

Press Release


Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to present the latest showcase of the marque's pinnacle Bespoke offering.

The Phantom Metropolitan Collection, unveiled today at the Mondial de L'Automobile in Paris, features exquisite hand-crafted design inspired by the modern metropolis. Just 20 of these beautifully crafted motor cars will be available to commission.

Phantom's launch in 2003 emphatically heralded the renaissance of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars by affording the world's most discerning and successful men and women the consummate super-luxury experience. Central to the allure of its unique promise is an interior furnished in the very finest materials; expertly hand-applied by the master craftspeople at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England. It presents a space that cossets occupants and provides the ultimate sanctuary in which to traverse and observe the city in supreme comfort.

The Phantom Metropolitan Collection pays homage to the world's great metropolises through the meticulous application of marquetry – the art of inlaying small pieces of wood veneer to form decorative motifs. When open, Phantom's signature picnic table presents occupants with an elevated view of the city, created through the expert application of 500 individual wood veneer pieces. Indeed, the process of hand-cutting, colouring, shaping and applying is so complex these unique objects d'art take an expert wood craftsperson several days to complete. On closing the tables, a different perspective of the cityscape is offered – reflecting the view one gets when effortlessly travelling in the rear of a Phantom.

"I can think of no more fitting location than Paris to debut this remarkable new motor car. This is a city that echoes Rolls-Royce's very special brand promise in perfectly combining the timeless and modern in a manner that celebrates the art of the master craftsperson," said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. "Our customers across the globe delight in challenging our designers and craftspeople to create true, one-of-a-kind pieces of automotive art. This latest Collection serves to showcase the extraordinary scope for Bespoke personalisation afforded to every patron of the marque."

Meticulous care is taken when selecting the individual wood veneers. Minute imperfections such as knots and flecks lead to instant rejection. Adjustments to the colour of each piece are made through the traditional hand-process of hot-sand shading before a final inspection under magnification on a light box to ensure perfection.

The cityscape theme extends beyond Phantom's many wood surfaces. A specially developed Aetherius Grey leather colour was created to echo the colour palette of the modern city whilst 6,800 two-tone stitches to the central rear seat flutes depict an abstract image of a skyscraper. A specially developed Bespoke clock extends the theme to the front of the car. For the first time in the marque's history, a rotating bezel expressing 24 of the great cities of the world and their time zones – Paris included – adorns the central console of a Rolls-Royce motor car.

An exterior hue, Darkest Tungsten, inspired by city skylines finishes the exterior surfaces of the motor car on display in Paris. However, as afforded to any Rolls-Royce customer, the full palette of 44,000 colours is available to those commissioning a Phantom Metropolitan Collection motor car. Should that not be enough, the marque's Bespoke craftspeople will create a perfect match of any colour or object a customer may wish to replicate. The exterior is completed with a hand-applied coachline that depicts an abstract silhouette of modern skyscrapers.

This is the latest in a line of remarkable, individual Bespoke masterpieces. 2014 has seen such highlights as the Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection that paid tribute to Sir Donald Campbell's record-breaking achievements and the Pinnacle Travel Phantom that made its debut at the Beijing Auto Show. These limited Collections serve to inspire customers, with record levels of Bespoke demand reported in September 2014. Nearly every Phantom across the globe, 90% of Wraith and 80% of Ghost family motor cars were commissioned by customers with some element of Bespoke design. Bespoke is Rolls-Royce.

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