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Last year the Rolls-Royce team created more bespoke cars than ever before in the marque’s history.
Rolls Royce Wraith Eagle VIII cabin interior
Inside the Rolls Royce Wraith Eagle VIII. Credit: Rolls-Royce

2019 was an incredibly big year for the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective. For one, Rolls-Royce completed a record 5152 motor cars, the most in it’s 116 year history. Secondly, almost every one of those cars was tailored by the Bespoke Collective, a team that is made up of Rolls-Royce engineers, designers and craftspeople that reside at the home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England.

You could safely say that all and every one of Rolls-Royce’s customers would have had extremely high expectations in regards to perfection and excellence upon delivery of each and every motor car, so delivering 5152 examples of perfection was no small accomplishment.

It’s no surprise then to hear Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, comment of his team, “I am proud to say that the craftsmen and women of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars have surpassed themselves once again in creating an array of extraordinary motor cars, tailored to the requirements of some of the most influential and discerning individuals in the world. These motor cars become unique works of art and it is an extraordinary feat when you consider that each and every single one of these unique commissions has been created on one production line at the Home of Rolls-Royce”

Here is an overview of some of the Rolls-Royce designs the Bespoke Collective completed in 2019:

THE MILLION STITCH ROLLS-ROYCE
CANVAS: PHANTOM │MEDIUM: EMBROIDERY

Rolls-Royce Million Stitch Rose Phantom Interior
Rolls-Royce Rose Phantom with a million embroidered stitches. Credit: Rolls-Royce

A Stockholm-based entrepreneur with a passion for flowers challenged the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective to create a car that immersed its occupants in floral decadence. The result was the ‘Rose Phantom’: a vision made with a million embroidered stitches.

The starting point was a rose bred exclusively for Rolls-Royce by Harkness Roses with the Rolls-Royce home the only place in the world where the rose is grown.

GHOST ZENITH COLLECTION
CANVAS:
GHOST │MEDIUM: ENGRAVING, COMMEMORATIVE INGOT, PERFORATED LEATHER, EMBROIDERY

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Shooting star headliner in the Rolls-Royce Ghost Zenith Collection. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars marked the close of 10 remarkable years of Ghost by creating a limited edition ‘Zenith Collection’. With just 50 Ghost Zeniths made, the car featured the highest levels of Bespoke ever seen in a Ghost Collection.

The Ghost Zenith drew references from 200EX, the experimental car that introduced the contemporary expression of the Ghost nameplate in 2009. A commemorative ingot, made from the original Spirit of Ecstasy of 200EX, was set into the centre console of each of the cars. The Collection’s own Spirit of Ecstasy and clock are engraved with the Zenith name. The Ghost Zenith also features a unique Shooting Star headliner. Light trails fire at random across the cabin roof, which consists of over 1,340 individual, hand-finished fibre optic lights.

BAYSIDE DAWN AERO COWLING
CANVAS:
DAWN │MEDIUM: AERO COWLING

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The bayside dawn aero cowling pays homage to Yokohama, Japan. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Following the arrival of the Dawn Aero Cowling in 2018, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars paid tribute to the sea with the Bayside Dawn Aero Cowling. Commissioned by a customer in Yokohama, Japan, this maritime-themed Bespoke motor car paid homage to their seafaring home city.

This one-off model drew inspiration from yachts and speedboats, combining both technical and natural materials. Open-pore teak Canadel panelling, reminiscent of a yacht’s deck, is matched with cutting-edge technical fibre. The rear deck complements exterior paint and interior leather colours, evoking the blue seas and white sails associated with the finest traditions of Yokohama Bay.

DIGITAL SOUL PHANTOM
CANVAS: PHANTOM │MEDIUM: ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, GOLD PLATING, GOLD INLAYS

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Bespoke Gold inlays and Smoked Eucalyptus wood. Credit: Rolls-Royce

The Digital Soul Phantom is a study in contemporary artisanship. 3D printed stainless steel is hand polished and plated in 24-carat gold, resulting in a unique artwork that embodies jewellery, sculpture and architecture. Gold detailing embellishes the interior of the motor car, with Gold inlays set by hand in Smoked Eucalyptus wood and gold-plated speaker grilles concluding the aesthetic.

WRAITH EAGLE VIII COLLECTION
CANVAS: WRAITH │MEDIUM: GOLD VACUUM METALIZED WOOD WITH SILVER AND COPPER INLAYS

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The headliner depicts the sky at the time of the 1919 transatlantic flight. Credit: Rolls-Royce

To mark the centenary of the first non-stop transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown in June 1919, Rolls-Royce created 50 extraordinary Wraiths in the Wraith Eagle VIII Collection.

The story of their perilous night-time journey, propelled by Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines, is told using Wraith as a canvas. A unique starlight headliner with 1,183 fibre-optic lights depicts the night time sky at the time of their flight. The flight path and constellations are embroidered in brass thread and the exact moment the pair left the clouds, also illustrated in embroidery, and navigated by the stars is indicated by a red fibre-optic light.

Brass speaker covers depict the estimated 1,880-mile flight distance whilst a brass plaque engraved with Winston Churchill’s stirring quote commending the pair’s remarkable achievement adorns the driver’s door.

The Smoked Eucalyptus fascia, vacuum metalized in gold and inlaid with silver and copper, depicts a birds-eye view of the Earth at night, showing a light map of roads and homes glittering below.

HOROLOGY PHANTOM
CANVAS: PHANTOM │MEDIUM: STAINLESS STEEL AND GOLD INLAY, COACHLINE

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Details inside the Horology Phantom. Credit: Rolls-Royce

The Horology Phantom is touched with elements redolent of fine timepieces. The car was inspired by a meeting of a Rolls-Royce Motor Cars designer and master horologists from La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, who convened to explore the complexities and exotic movements of contemporary luxury timepieces.

Set against a Gunmetal and Black two-tone exterior finish, a gold and silver hand-painted twin coachline incorporates an intricate watch-inspired design; the Spirit of Ecstasy is cloaked in 24-carat gold. Inside, the fascia features the largest stainless steel and gold inlay ever made for Phantom. Positioned below a multiple layered stainless-steel Gallery, the inlay depicts an abstract schematic of a watch movement. The Rolls-Royce clock, housed in the Gallery, is set in a solid silver, guilloché case.

PEBBLE BEACH PASTEL COLLECTION
CANVAS: GHOST, DAWN, WRAITH │MEDIUM: PAINT, TECHNICAL FIBRE

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The Pebble Beach Pastel Collection. Credit: Rolls-Royce

The Pastel Collection, showcased at Pebble Beach, drew upon a palette of colours from 2019’s ‘wildflower super-bloom’ on California’s Monterey Peninsula. Three unique Black Badge commissions brought new colours to the Rolls-Royce Bespoke palette, reaffirming the notion that a Rolls-Royce Black Badge need not necessarily be black.

The Ghost Black Badge featured a Light Green Solid finish, a pastel shade representing the rebirth of flora on the peninsula after years of drought and fire. The black leather interior features a striking Serenity Green splash, highlighting the technical fibre of the fascia.

The Dawn Black Badge, in Coral Solid, showcases a stunning Bespoke finish only achieved after seven coats of paint and more than nine hours of hand-polishing in the Surface Finish Centre. The Coral colour carries over to the Aero Cowling, while the interior is finished in Artic White and Sunset, an illustration of northern California’s hills and valleys in bloom.

The third car is a Wraith Black Badge in Semaphore Yellow, a bright and sunny finish for the most powerful member of the Rolls-Royce family, complemented by a Selby Grey and Lemon interior.

FALCON WRAITH
CANVAS: WRAITH │MEDIUM: EMBROIDERY, PAINT

Rolls-Royce Falcon Wraith
Nearly a quarter of a million stitches make up the Falcon embroidery. Credit: Rolls-Royce

The Falcon Wraith features the most detailed single embroidery to ever appear in a Rolls-Royce motor car. An intricate embroidery of a Peregrine Falcon, the fastest bird in the world, is interpreted in photo-realistic detail amongst clouds on Wraith’s headlining. Consisting of nearly 250,000 stitches, the dramatic embroidery took more than one month to develop.

A unique coachline in Arctic White hints at the form of the bird’s wing, with the motif additionally embroidered between the rear seats and painted onto Wraith’s fascia.

THE ARABIAN GULF PHANTOM
CANVAS: PHANTOM │MEDIUM: EMBROIDERY, PAINT, MOTHER OF PEARL, SCULPTED SILK APLIQUÉ

Rolls-Royce Arabian Gulf Phantom
Rolls-Royce Arabian Gulf Phantom. Credit: Rolls-Royce

The Arabian Gulf Phantom adopts the rich colours and historical narrative of pearl diving in the Middle East. The Turchese exterior hue is evocative of the vibrant local waters, while the Andalusian White upper two-tone recalls the purity of natural pearls, alluding to the story within. An Arctic White coachline introduces a hand-painted Nautilus shell motif that forms the basis for the car’s design.

A sculpted silk appliqué Gallery by British Artist Helen Amy Murray takes centre stage across the motor car’s fascia. Reminiscent of swelling oceans, the Turchese Gallery is punctuated by a Mother of Pearl clock.

Rolls-Royce Arabian Gulf Phantom Picnic Table Inlay
Mother of Pearl picnic table marquetry. Credit: Rolls-Royce

The Nautilus shell is embroidered on Phantom’s rear doors, whilst the rear occupants may also enjoy the motif in Mother of Pearl marquetry on the picnic tables’ fascia. Once deployed, the picnic tables present a complex piece of marquetry, incorporating generously applied Mother of Pearl to the picnic table-top.

TRANQUILLITY COLLECTION
CANVAS: PHANTOM │MEDIUM: METEORITE, SPACE GRADE ALUMINIUM, GOLD PLATE

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tranquillity Collection
Meteorite shavings were used inside the Tranquillity Collection Phantom. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Named and crafted to celebrate the feeling of euphoric tranquillity one achieves within Phantom, this unique motor car is a curation of objects and inspirations from worlds beyond earthly bounds.

Tranquillity’s Gallery is inspired by the X-Ray coded aperture masks used on the British Skylark space rocket. The Gallery is made from stainless steel, 24-carat gold plating and space grade aluminium.

For the first time in Rolls-Royce history, meteorite has been incorporated into the interior of a car. Shavings of the Muonionalusta meteorite, which fell to earth in Kiruna, Sweden in 1906, adorn the Volume Controller, with a 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. Bespoke audio speaker frets are finished in yellow gold, complementing the additional gold elements throughout the car.

A Bespoke ‘Technical’ yellow gold, vapour blasted and engraved titanium clock and engineered titanium Spirit of Ecstasy complete the aesthetic.

CULLINAN IN FUX ORANGE
CANVAS: CULLINAN │MEDIUM: PAINT

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The one-off fux orange Cullinan. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars debuted the colourful ‘Cullinan in Fux Orange’ under the summer sun of Pebble Beach last year. Working with the Bespoke Collective, a North American patron, Mr. Fux, challenged designers to match the exterior colour to vibrant orange shawl that had caught his eye in South Florida. The shawl was delivered to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars where a colour-matching process began.

Working together for nearly a year, the teams created a seven-layer surface, polished by hand for many hours in the Surface Finish Centre. The interior is decked in hand-crafted Arctic White leather with contrast Orange stitching and Orange Rolls-Royce ‘RR’ headrest monograms.

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Rolls-Royce x Franck Muller “Crazy Numbers” Wraith Black Badge and Watch Collab Revealed

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Rolls-Royce Geneva and Swiss luxury watchmaker Franck Muller have recently joined forces to design two new creations: The Wraith Black Badge Inspired Crazy Hours Watch and an upcoming Wraith Black Badge “Crazy Numbers.”
Franck Muller Rolls Royce Crazy Numbers Wraith Black Badge Partnership

Sharing a passion for excellence, Rolls-Royce Geneva and Swiss luxury watchmaker Franck Muller have joined forces to design two new creations: The Wraith Black Badge “Crazy Numbers” and the Wraith Black Badge inspired “Crazy Hours” watch.

Or to put it another way – Rolls-Royce Geneva will customize a special Black Badge edition of the Wraith to reflect elements of Franck Muller’s Crazy Hours watch, and Franck Muller is creating a Wraith Black Badge inspired version of the watch.

Benefitting from the expertise of the Rolls-Royce’s “Bespoke Programme,” the Rolls-Royce Geneva “Crazy Numbers” Wraith Black Badge is an artistic demonstration of the extreme personalization that can be achieved and will see elements of Franck Muller’s iconic Crazy Hours watch intertwined throughout the vehicle design.

Featuring a special Velvet Sparkle exterior finish with a Twin-Coachline motif in Silver/Cobalto Blue mirroring the Crazy Numbers theme, the special Wraith edition will feature a deep Cobalto Blue interior and a unique dashboard fascia and embroidered “Crazy Hours” numbers on the rear console. Overhead the Starlight Headliner will also depict the “Crazy Hours” watch face.

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Rear console embroidery inspired by Franck Muller “Crazy Hours” watch. Credit: Rolls-Royce Geneva

Sharing on the customization options of the special edition Matt Danton, Bespoke Designer at Rolls-Royce, commented, “Distinction, leadership and genuine expression is at the heart of the Bespoke Programme. The car is regarded as a key element of one’s taste and personal style, so it’s only natural it’s bespoke.”

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Custom dashboard fascia inspired by Franck Muller “Crazy Hours” watch. Credit: Rolls-Royce Geneva

As yet, Rolls-Royce has only provided teaser images of the upcoming edition; however production of Wraith Black Badge “Crazy Numbers” is set to commence shortly with the actual motor car presented in the 4th quarter of 2020.

To celebrate the partnership, Franck Muller has also created two unique versions of the Crazy Hours watch. Featuring the same Cobalto Blue color scheme as the vehicle, one watch has a black dial with a Cobalto Blue case and black leather strap, while the other is a reverse combination with a Cobalto Blue dial, black case and blue strap.

Two versions of the Franck Muller Crazy Hours Wraith Black Badge Edition. Credit: Franck Muller
Two versions of the Franck Muller Crazy Hours Wraith Black Badge Edition. Credit: Franck Muller

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the world’s finest car manufacturer to produce this bespoke car and this exclusive watch collection,” says Nicholas Rudaz, director of Franck Muller Watchland. “To see our exceptional know-how of haute-horlogerie be interpreted into such an exclusive car has been a fascinating experience.”

For the uninitiated, the Franck Muller Crazy Hour watch is a self-winding watch with a 42-hour power reserve that displays the watch numbers in a very unconventional order and, at first glance, reminds one of something the Mad Hatter would wear to his next tea party.

Using its patented Crazy Hours mechanism, the central hour hand jumps to the correct hour number (one to twelve) even though the numbers are not in the standard order. Meanwhile, the minute hand continues to follow a conventional pattern and revolves around the dial on a 60-minute cycle.

As yet, pricing has not been announced for the Franck Muller Wraith Inspired Crazy Hours watch or the Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge “Crazy Numbers.”

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New 2021 Bentley Bentayga Revealed

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The new 2021 Bentley Bentayga introduces new styling elements including an updated front grille, wheels and brand new tech.
The new 2021 Bentley Bentayga with updated exterior styling elements. Credit: Bentley
The new 2021 Bentley Bentayga with updated exterior styling elements. Credit: Bentley

Bentley has revealed the new 2021 Bentley Bentayga design, featuring new styling elements and technology as an update to the already popular SUV model.

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The new 2021 Bentley Bentayga features elliptical taillights for the first time . Credit: Bentley

First introduced in November 2015, the luxury Bentayga SUV has remained a core model for the British automaker and already sold around 20,000 vehicles, in many circumstances, to first time Bentley owners.

New wheel design exclusive to the Bentayga range. Credit: Bentley
New wheel design exclusive to the Bentayga range. Credit: Bentley

Taking exterior design cues from the third-generation Continental GT and the all-new Flying Spur, the 2021 Bentley Bentayga has been given a large front matrix grille for an even sportier look and features new LED cut-crystal headlamps. The rear has also been revised with a new full-width tailgate and for the first time on the Bentayga – elliptical taillights.

New 10.9" infotainment system with standard ApplePlay. Credit: Bentley
New 10.9″ infotainment system with standard ApplePlay. Credit: Bentley

“We spent a long time examining how to improve the proportions and character of the car,” explained Head of Exterior Design JP Gregory, adding the “new Bentayga is still instantly recognizable as a Bentley but now has a much greater road presence. What we have achieved is a significant step forward – a more self-confident looking SUV from whatever angle you look at the car. The prouder grill and higher, more focused elliptical headlights give a much more modern expression – a real statement of intent.”

2021 Bentley Bentayga Interior Steering Wheel

Other exterior styling updates include a new 22” wheel design exclusive to the new 2021 Bentayga and two new exterior paint colors – Viridian (a dark metallic green based on the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car) and Patina (a mid-tone off-white).

2021 Bentley Bentayga Interior Front Infotainment Center
New interior styling options include Koa and Crown Cut Walnut Veneers. Credit: Bentley

The Bentayga’s interior has also been upgraded with a new center fascia, steering wheel, door trims, seats and now features a new generation high resolution 10.9” infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as a standard feature for the first time.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (in applicable regions) now standard. Credit: Bentley
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (in applicable regions) now standard. Credit: Bentley

Three seating configurations are available with the standard five-seat or an optional four-seat layout (two individual rear seats separated by a center console) or a three-row/seven-seat configuration.

All of the details that go into the Bentley Bentayga. Credit: Bentley
All of the details that go into the Bentley Bentayga. Credit: Bentley

Owners can also choose a new dark tint diamond brushed aluminum trim for the first time along with two new straight-grained interior veneers – Koa and Crown Cut Walnut. There is also the option to upgrade the seating quilting design and micro piping seat detailing with the Mullinar Specifications if you want to customize it that little bit more.

Climate control for passengers in the rear seats. Credit: Bentley
Climate control for passengers in the rear seats. Credit: Bentley

Head of Interior Design at Bentley Motors Darren Day sharing, “The interior of Bentayga has always been highly admired for its exceptional build quality, relaxing atmosphere and luxurious ambience. Alongside from the more obvious changes to the centre console, seats and door trims, it’s the little features customers may not notice at first that add up to make the difference in new Bentayga. It might be the new, horizontal grab handle in the door, or the unique seat stitching – each one emphasising how the design team has gone the extra mile.”

Initially, the new 2021 Bentley Bentayga will be launched as a V8 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged model, with a plug-in Hybrid and 6.0 liter W12 Speed version expected to follow later this year.

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2021 Geneva International Motor Show Canceled As Organizers Seek New Owner

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The 2021 Geneva International Motor Show is canceled as event organizers seek a new owner for the largest public event in Switzerland.
2021 Geneva International Motor Show Canceled. Credit: GIMS
2021 Geneva International Motor Show Canceled. Credit: GIMS

Following the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show’s cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 event has suffered the same fate as the Committee and Council of the Foundation “Salon International de l’Automobile” has decided not to proceed with organizing the event.

Although it’s possible travel restrictions will be lifted by next year, in a survey taken by organizers of GIMS exhibitors, a majority of auto manufacturers indicated they would not be likely to participate in a 2021 event.

Instead, auto manufacturers would prefer to defer to 2022, with the GIMS committee saying, “The automotive sector is currently going through a difficult phase, and exhibitors need time to recover from the effects of the pandemic.

Koenigsegg's modified reveal after the 2020 GIMS cancellation. Credit: Koenigsegg Automotive
Koenigsegg’s modified reveal after the 2020 GIMS cancellation. Credit: Koenigsegg Automotive

Financial issues also contribute to the decision after the sudden cancellation of the 2020 event only days before it was due to commence. Left in the lurch, GIMS was looking at huge losses and needed an estimated 11 million CHF to cover the losses and prepare a new show.

While the State of Geneva offered a loan of CHF 16.8 million to assist (conditional on a 2021 event going ahead), the GIMS committee ultimately declined, citing an inability to make the first repayment of CHF 1 million by June 2021 in the absence of a 2021 Geneva Motor Show.

Lamborghini have also announced they will no longer be attending large scale motoring events. Credit: Lamborghini
Lamborghini have also announced they will no longer be attending large scale motoring events. Credit: Lamborghini

Instead, organizers are looking to sell the rights to the Geneva International Motor Show to Palexpo SA, the exhibition and trade convention center owned by the canton of Geneva, where the automotive show takes place each year.

As the largest public event in Switzerland, the Geneva Motor Show reportedly brings in over $211 million to the local economy. The Foundation Salon International de l’Automobile” are hoping it will be able to continue under new ownership.

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