Last year, Rolls-Royce has delivered the highest-ever annual sales results in the marque’s 117-year history. 2021 was also the year the luxury auto manufacturer has further expanded the boundaries of creativity within its Bespoke Collective. The elite team of engineers, designers, and craftspeople has taken inspiration from historical events and figures, renowned artworks, personal artifacts, nature, and the architectural world to create a truly unique set of motor cars.
Wraith Kryptos Collection
2021 saw the final Wraith Kryptos Collection cars delivered to their owners. The Collection features hidden ciphers, embedded in the design language of the car. To date, collaborations between cipher enthusiasts and clients have resolved elements of the code, however, the final resolution remains elusive.
Kengo Kuma Dawn
Rolls-Royce and Kengo Kuma bring the worlds of luxury and architecture together to create a first-of-its-kind Bespoke Rolls-Royce Dawn. The motor car serves as a moving representation of the new luxury residence ‘The Kita’ in central Tokyo, designed by Kengo Kuma and commissioned by global luxury property developer Westbank. When illuminated by the sun, Dawn’s exterior in Silver Haze reveals a bronze sheen. It is finished with a sleek Silver hood and clean-cut Black coachline.
Ghost Extended Urban Sanctuary
Ghost Extended Urban Sanctuary debuts an elevated expression of Parquetry. Inspired by the ‘cracked ice’ effect of the wooden window shutters on a pavilion building within Shanghai’s Yu Yuan Gardens, this geometric mosaic of wood pieces is finished in un-lacquered open-pore Obsidian Ayous veneer. The Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective envisioned the ‘cracked ice’ theme by way of embroidered panels in the seat inserts. Inside a Navy Blue and Cashmere Grey two-tone colorway creates a unique experience whether the motor car is being self, or chauffeur-driven.
South Florida luxury collector David Bartosiak made a personal request of the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective, asking to adapt the Illuminated Fascia to say ‘DREAM’ rather than ‘GHOST’. “This wish speaks of the dream I had as a young boy, born under that beautiful night sky in 1983 in Vero Beach, Florida, the dream I instill in those around me every day, and the dream I hope my spirit carries on to the world when I’m gone.” The Starlight Headliner in Mr. Bartosiak’s commission features another very personal hand-crafted touch. The astronomical alignment of the stars over Vero Beach, Florida, on the day of his birth in 1983, are depicted in 1,236 individual fibre optic lights.
Bespoke Wraith in Pebble Paradiso
A Shanghai-based client commissioned a unique Bespoke Wraith in Pebble Paradiso blue. A hand-painted coachline in a Seashell color features an orchid motif, symbolizing her passion for elegance. Inside, an artwork featuring a baby girl’s footprints is depicted on the Piano White monitor lid, a tribute to the client’s long-sought-after child. The two-tone interior features Charles Blue and Seashell in natural grain leather. A Bespoke Starlight Headliner continues the celebration with a personalized constellation paying tribute to her daughter.
A unique Cullinan was created to mark the UAE’s historic Golden Jubilee in 2021. The exterior, finished in Crystal over Arctic White, was decorated with a hand-painted double coachline – the upper line in Hotspur Red, the lower Fame Green. The effect was intensidies with a Gold Bullion Coachline Motif, the national flag rendered in Hotspur Red, Fame Green and Black on the C-Pillar Motif, and a double wheel-center pinstripe to represent the National Flag of the UAE. On opening the coach doors, Bespoke illuminated treadplates read ‘50th’. The Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective dressed the interior in Arctic White, Black and Hotspur Red leather, with Fame Green Contrast Stitch: the UAE’s emblem is embroidered on each headrest. The centerpiece is the gold 50th-anniversary motif inlaid in the fascia, rear waterfall and picnic tabletops.
Cullinan in Pikes Peak Blue
Ben and Christine Sloss, car enthusiasts and endurance racers, commissioned a Bespoke Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Los Gatos. Finished in a unique Bespoke colorway, Pikes Peak Blue, the color is a trubute to the legendary Colorado hill-climb, one of the customer’s favorite events. Combined with the vivid flashes of Forge Yellow on the hand-painted coachline, wheel-center pinstripes, and brake calipers, the Black Badge Cullinan features the colors of the flag of Modena and the livery featured on the couple’s racing cars.
The House of Rolls-Royce and the House of Hermès co-created a Bespoke Phantom for Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa. Named Phantom Oribe, the motor car features a Bespoke two-tone exterior finish, inspired by the client’s world-class collection of ancient Japanese ceramics, Oribe ware. The interior is finished in Hermès Enea Green leather. In a first for Rolls-Royce, Hermès ‘Toile H’ canvas decorates the door armrests, cente,r and rear consoles and the signature headliner. Phantom Oribe’s Gallery that runs the length of the motor car’s fascia, features an artwork based on a design by the celebrated French artist and illustrator Pierre Péron (1905–1988), who created many of Hermès’ iconic scarves.
Phantom Tempus Collection
Limited to just 20 examples, Phantom Tempus Collection is inspired by the concept of time – how it passes, and how it can be made seemingly to stand still. The design includes aesthetic and intellectual themes relating to time and the cosmos. An elaborate headliner illustrates a rare astronomical phenomenon, the pulsar. The exterior is presented in a new Bespoke paint finish, Kairos Blue, created to represent the darkness and mystery of space.
Phantom Koa is the first Rolls-Royce Phantom to use Koa wood, a rare species of tree that grows only on Hawaiian soil. The inspiration came from car enthusiast, Jack Boyd Smith, Jr. and his wife Laura, who fell in love with the warmth of Koa having spent significant amounts of time in Maui, Hawaii. Following three years of collaboration with the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective, Mr. Smith’s Bespoke commission now features in his personal collection of more than 60 unique motor cars in the JBS Collection Museum.
The Rolls-Royce Landspeed Collection
The Rolls-Royce Landspeed Collection, limited to just 25 examples of Black Badge Dawn and 35 of Black Badge Wraith, is inspired by George Eyston’s remarkable life. He was awarded the Military Cross, the Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur and the Order of the British Empire (OBE). These honors are marked in both Black Badge Wraith and Dawn Landspeed with a subtle detail in the driver’s door, made in the same Grosgrain weave silk and colors to match the original medal ribbons. In Black Badge Wraith Landspeed, the Starlight Headliner recreates the heavens as they appeared over the Flats on 16 September 1938, the date on which Eyston and Thunderbolt set their third and final world land-speed record. The constellations are marked using 2,117 individually placed fiber-optic ‘stars’, the largest number ever featured in a Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith Starlight Headliner.
Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan ‘Black and Bright’
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Moscow presented Black Badge Cullinan ‘Black and Bright’, inspired by the ambiance of Moscow at night. Exclusive to the Muscovite dealership, the series features five Black Badge Cullinans in individual color combinations: Magma Red, Orange Metallic, Twilight Purple, Forge Yellow and Turchese. Black Badge Cullinan’s Technical Carbon veneer is personalized with a matching color inlay design, and the starlight headliner echoes the exterior and interior accents.
Rolls-Royce Coachbuild: Boat Tail
Boat Tail is a hand-built masterpiece in which both the bodywork and interior are designed and produced in close consultation with the clients, to their exact specifications. The first of the three magnificent Boat Tails was exhibited at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in October, 2021. The second will make its global public debut at Villa d’Este 2022.
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