Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Singapore will present the Phantom Pinnacle Travel Collection to a select audience today, the first time the car will be shown after its debut at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show.
Singapore is one of the top markets for Rolls-Royce motor cars commissioned with Bespoke content, and is the leader in Bespoke for Phantom cars so the Phantom Pinnacle Travel Collection is ‘odds on’ to be a sure-fire hit.
A new Bespoke Collection motor car, the Phantom Pinnacle Travel Collection has been conceived both to celebrate the love of travel and the success of the Bespoke programme. The car serves as a showcase for the imaginative heights of craftsmanship, design and excellence that emanate from the Bespoke design studios at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England, seen through the prism of modern luxury travel. To underline its rarity, it is 1 of only 15 such motor cars produced worldwide. Answering a growing interest in luxury travel, the Phantom Pinnacle Travel Collection offers a luxuriant colour palette, opulent, sumptuous materials and the most complex, beautifully hand-crafted marquetry ever seen in a Rolls-Royce, evoking the experience of travelling on luxurious cross-continental trains.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ Bespoke business has become more successful than ever with content on its range of super-luxury cars reaching new heights in 2013. Almost 95 per cent of Rolls-Royce cars purchased last year were personalised by their owners, reinforcing the claim that Rolls-Royce is the go-to super luxury carmaker for the connoisseur who demands the best in individualisation.
A true showcase of Bespoke artistry
The Phantom Pinnacle Travel Collection is a true showcase of the Rolls-Royce Bespoke team’s expertise. The richness of its two-tone exterior colour scheme of Smoky Quartz complemented by Cornish White on the lower side panels, hints at the luxury awaiting the traveller inside. Whilst a unique Smoky Quartz coach line, with an abstract motif of a streamlined train travelling at speed, invites you onboard for a journey of discovery. The opulent colour scheme continues inside with a number of Morello Red and Seashell leather combinations for seats, roofliner, pillars and door cards plus specifically developed Morello Red lambs wool floor mats to produce a cosseting interior in which to travel, no matter how long the journey. A further motif in Smoke Grey thread evoking luxury travel is stitched into the seat flutes and is echoed in individual fabric cushions which heighten the comfort for both rear passengers.
The pièce de la resistance, however, is the most complex and intricate marquetry ever seen inside a Rolls-Royce. Using methods akin to the artistry of fine furniture makers, Rolls-Royce creates perfection through a process that marries cutting-edge technology with traditional craftsmanship. Individual pieces of wood veneer are laser-cut to ensure precision. Then, a craftsperson painstakingly assembles the sections, ensuring they perfectly express the vision of the marque’s Bespoke design team. A fastidious process of quality control follows, utilising the world’s most accurate measuring tool – the human eye.
In the case of the Phantom Pinnacle Travel Collection, 230 individual pieces of marquetry combine to create the incredibly striking motif of a cross-continental train speeding across a landscape with a trail of steam left in its wake. This motif flows across the front-fascia pieces of the glove compartment and passenger panel to the rear picnic tables and door cappings. The same motif bleeds onto the door cards through 24,633 individual stitches, emphasising the painstaking craftsmanship required to perfectly match the two details.