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.