Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveils the Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost Ékleipsis Private Collection – a limited edition series of 25 motor cars that pay homage to the mesmerizing beauty of a solar eclipse. As the world prepares to witness the annular solar eclipse on October 14, these highly Bespoke vehicles stand as a testament to the perfect fusion of craftsmanship, innovation, and the celestial wonders above.
The Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective has harnessed the purity of the Rolls-Royce Ghost, infusing it with the subversive Black Badge spirit to create a canvas that explores the captivating interplay of light and darkness inspired by a solar eclipse. The Lyrical Copper exterior color, featuring powdered copper pigment, mirrors the mysterious light cast during a total solar eclipse. The Mandarin accents, from the Pantheon Grille to the hand-painted coachline, vividly recall the intense pulses of sunlight as the moon progresses in its celestial dance.
Step inside the Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost Ékleipsis, and you are greeted by a Starlight Headliner that transcends the ordinary. As the coach doors close and the engine roars to life, a mesmerizing animation unfolds, replicating the totality of a solar eclipse. A circle of 940 ‘stars’ representing the bright corona is surrounded by 192 illuminating ‘stars,’ recreating the otherworldly spectacle of stars visible in the sky during daylight, a rarity that occurs only during a total solar eclipse.
This technical marvel, taking a year of painstaking development, showcases Rolls-Royce’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation in luxury automotive design.
The attention to detail extends to the Bespoke timepiece, a brilliant-cut 0.5-carat diamond embedded into the bezel. This diamond, reminiscent of the ‘Diamond Ring’ effect during an eclipse, undergoes rigorous testing to ensure its robust integration. The etched dark aluminum surround reveals the bright metal underneath, a testament to over 14 design iterations resulting in a contemporary masterpiece.
In the bi-colored seats adorned with over 200,000 individual perforations, the Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost Ékleipsis captures the elusive golden twilight that surrounds viewers during a solar eclipse. Computational design tools and meticulous manual refinement over seven trials bring forth a visual effect of extraordinary depth and subtlety.
Beyond the driving experience, the Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost Ékleipsis boasts illuminated treadplates, umbrellas with Mandarin piping hidden in the coach doors, and a unique indoor motor car cover bearing the Private Collection’s wordmark. These finishing touches enhance the bespoke nature of each vehicle, elevating them to the status of true collectors’ items.
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