Rolls-Royce Motor Cars at Geneva Motor Show 2019 debuts its full current product portfolio for the first time on an international stage. Representing the near-infinite Bespoke possibilities at the heart of its record-breaking success in 2018, the marque will present one of an extraordinary collection of 25 Phantoms alongside the first publicly-revealed Bespoke Cullinan commission. In addition, two powerful visions of Black Badge and a highly Bespoke Dawn will be revealed, each informed by the taste patterns of a younger, more assertive breed of entrepreneur drawn to the brand.
The Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex continues to be celebrated as a global centre of luxury manufacturing excellence and the remarkable business record set in 2018 – the greatest sales result in the brand’s 115-year history – called for the marque to further expand. 200 new jobs have taken the total workforce beyond 2,000 for the first time while the company remains profitable, generating a financial contribution to its shareholder, the BMW Group.
Created for those who conceive and achieve the impossible, Tranquillity is an expression of Phantom’s standing as the rarest and most desired object in the luxury world. This Collection is strictly limited to just 25 examples worldwide and available as both Phantom and Phantom Extended Wheelbase, which discerning collectors have already purchased.
For the precious few who commission a Phantom, the realisation of their personal vision represents a moment that sees them view the world from a rare place. Phantom Tranquillity is a statement piece for the visionaries who push beyond accepted limits. Named and crafted to celebrate the feeling of euphoric tranquillity one achieves within the car, this unique Phantom beautifully curates objects and inspirations from worlds beyond earthly bounds.
Within Tranquillity’s Gallery is a design inspired by the X-Ray coded aperture masks used on the British Skylark space rocket. High energy radiation passes over and through the distinctive perforated pattern, creating a coded shadow on the layers beneath. The properties of the original radiation sources were mathematically reconstructed from this shadow and rendered in highly reflective stainless steel, 24-karat gold plating and space grade aluminium.
Space exploration is further manifested with a unique first for Rolls-Royce; the incorporation of meteorite within the Volume Controller, further enhanced with a polished gold grip that matches the gold finish in the Collection Gallery, creating a distinctive accent feature. This remarkable application of authentic Muonionalusta meteorite, which fell to earth in Kiruna, Sweden in 1906, is complemented by detailed engraving of the location and date of its discovery.
Inspired by the light and dark sides of the Moon, the interior colourway of Arctic White or Selby Grey leather integrates unique veneer combinations of gloss and satin, both with an exclusive metallic effect. Black gloss runs from the fascia onto all the centre consoles, while a satin finish is used for the upper glovebox and door armrests. Black gloss elements are highlighted with elegant stainless steel Pinstripes.
In both the Light and Dark variants, Bespoke Audio Speaker Frets are finished in yellow gold, complementing the additional gold elements throughout the car. These unique elements are inspired by the historic NASA ‘Voyager’ satellites that carried into space two gold records with sounds and images that portrayed the diversity of life and culture on Earth, for any intelligent extra-terrestrial life that might find them.
A unique embroidery detail on the Extended Wheelbase door panel matches the pattern on the Collection Gallery with tone-on-tone stitching for a subtle, crafted detail. A Bespoke ‘Technical’ yellow gold, vapour blasted and engraved titanium clock complement the interplanetary motif alongside an engineered titanium Spirit of Ecstasy with yellow gold accents.
Since the introduction of the brand’s family of Black Badge motor cars, younger, more dynamic patrons of luxury have responded by evolving the marque’s bold alter-ego through their own highly personal Bespoke commissions.
For the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Rolls-Royce presents two powerful visions informed by the taste patterns of this new breed of entrepreneur who wishes to amplify the character of their Rolls-Royce.
Galileo Blue was selected to dramatize the dynamic substance of Black Badge Wraith, while Mandarin coachlines were applied to reflect an ongoing trend towards small but impactful contrasts within each commission’s colourway. Inside, Arctic White and Navy Blue leathers are similarly specked with Mandarin accents on the seat piping and veneer pinstripes while a bold hexagon pattern is worked in fine cotton thread between the two rear seats.
Ghost is presented in Gunmetal with an Iced satin finish upper and deep gloss lower, yet, this masculine, utilitarian palette is similarly invigorated by Lime Green pinstriping applied to the motor car’s wheel centres.
Anthracite and Black hides are used for both front and rear seating while Lime Green piping and door pockets continue the exterior’s theme.
An embroidered pattern on the rear seat armrest speaks of the Technical Fibre veneer and combines vibrant fine cotton with soft leather, further expressing the coachwork’s combination of gloss and satin qualities.