Each one is special in its own unique way.
If you want your Rolls-Royce Phantom to be designed and tailored specifically to your tastes, the British marque would be more than happy to put something special together for you. In fact, the brand notes that during a very successful 2021 ts Bespoke division created some impressive one-off models.
Inspiration for its creations was taken from historical events and figures, renowned artworks, personal artifacts, nature, and the architectural world. Here are the brand's proudest works over the last twelve months.
The year kicked off with the final creation of its Wraith Kryptos Collection cars which had begun its rollout in 2020. Part of a mysterious collection that caters to two owners who fuel the web of intrigue, the design conceals hidden ciphers that are embedded in the design language of the car. Untrained eyes would see this as a unique aesthetic but attentive viewers will see that there is a code to be cracked.
Anyone who solves the puzzle will be granted a one-of-a-kind prize. Rolls-Royce confirms that attempts to solve the puzzle have been made around the world and that collaborations between cipher enthusiasts and clients have resolved elements of the code. However, the final resolution remains a total mystery. Despite the car having been delivered just close to a year ago, the Wraith Kryptos mystery remains.
To bridge the worlds of luxury and architecture together, Rolls-Royce teamed up with Kengo Kuma. This car was debuted as a mobile representation of the new luxury residence, 'The Kita', in central Tokyo. This was designed by Kengo Kuma and commissioned by global luxury property developer Westbank. The exterior of this Dawn is rendered in a Sliver Haze finish with a multi-faceted color which refers to the silver-grey of the building's core structural materials.
When it catches the rays of the sun, this changes to a bronze sheen which offers a warmth that reflects the bronze Koshi screen louvers. This is complemented by a silver hood and clean-cut black coachline. Within the cabin, a natural open-pore Royal Walnut paneling is applied to the rear deck, which is a nod to the one used in the entrance lobby of the penthouse.
With the successful market introduction of the Ghost, Rolls-Royce commemorated it with a bespoke offering that explores its post-opulent design philosophy. The brand says that this celebrates material substance rather than overt statement via the application of Parquetry. With this, the car sports elements of cracked ice through using wood pieces finished in an un-lacquered open-pore Obsidian Ayous veneer.
Inspired by the Yu Yuan Gardens found in Shanghai, this theme is found on the wooden window shutters and on the embroidered panels in the seat inserts. The interior has been decked-out with navy blue and cashmere grey two-tone pieces that create a unique ambiance. The reclinable Serenity Seating with calf rests is akin to those found in private jets.
The Dream Ghost was a custom commission that dives into the aspirational passions of South Florida luxury collector, David Bartosiak. This example is the first to ever feature a personalized illuminated fascia and was a dream of the owner from a young age. Bartosiak says: "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 collector requested Rolls-Royce to make the fascia say 'DREAM' rather than 'GHOST' and requested an astronomical alignment of the stars over Vero Beach, Florida, on the day of his birth in 1983. These are depicted by a series of 1,236 individual fiber optic lights.
The next creation has a strong personal element attached to it. The Shanghai-based client commissioned this car in a special Pebble Paradiso blue hue to create her very own Shanghai seaside-inspired paradise. The hand-painted coachline is completed in a Seashell hue and features an orchid motif that symbolizes her passion for elegance.
Within the cabin, artwork featuring the footsteps of a baby girl is applied to the piano white monitor lid. This is a tribute to the client's long-sought-after baby. The dual-tone interior makes use of Charles Blue and Seashell in a natural grain leather. This is accentuated by a bespoke Starlight headliner that pays tribute to her daughter.
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan 50th is a one-of-a-kind created specifically to commemorate the UAE's historic Golden Jubilee in 2021. The SUV has been finished in a Crystal over Arctic White paint with a hand-painted double coachline. The upper line is done in Hotspur Red and the lower in Fame Green. This effect is completed with a Gold Bullion coachline motif.
Open the doors, and occupants are greeted by bespoke illuminated '50th' treadplates and an interior design that mirrors the exterior. This includes Arctic White, Black, and Hotspur Red leather, with Fame Green Contrast stitching. The UAE's emblem is embroidered on each headrest but the highlight of the cabin is a gold 50th-anniversary motif inlaid in the fascia, rear waterfall, and picnic tabletops as well as a Starlight headliner with a unique shooting star configuration in a green-colored hue.
This unique Cullinan was commissioned by car enthusiasts and endurance racers Ben and Christine Sloss. This example is finished in a unique Pikes Peak Blue colorway that pays homage to one of the customer's favorite racing events. This is combined with touches of Forge Yellow on the hand-painted coachline, wheel-center pinstripes, and brake calipers.
Celebrating the pair's love for yellow Ferraris, these colors represent the flag of Modena and the livery used on their racecars. Additionally, each door panel has been applied with a stylized stiletto of Mrs. Sloss' racing logo.
The Oribe commission was applied to the Rolls-Royce Phantom in conjunction with Hermes for Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa. This example shows off a bespoke two-tone finish that is inspired by the owner's collection of ancient Japanese ceramics. As an unusual move for the brand, Rolls-Royce also provided paint that was used on his private jet.
The interior of the Oribe was given a Hermes Enea Green leather upholstery. Another first for the brand here was the Hermes 'Toile H' canvas that covers the door armrests, center, and rear consoles and headliner. The fascia also features artwork based on a design by the French artist and illustrator Pierre Peron. This is applied to an open-pore Royal Walnut surface.
The Tempest commission forms part of a collection limited to 20 units and inspired by the concept of time. To translate this, it incorporates several visual aesthetics with the key component being a headliner that portrays a rare astronomical phenomenon known as the pulsar.
The exterior features a bespoke Kairos Blue hue that has been devised to portray the darkness and mystery of space. This is accentuated by jewel-like blue mica flakes that glitter as they catch the light.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom Koa, as the name suggests, incorporates the usage of Koa wooda rare species of tree that grows in Hawaii. Car enthusiast, Jack Boyd Smith, Jr. and his wife Laura were inspired by this material having spent some time in the region.
This wood can only be harvested from private agricultural land which is why sourcing this raw material was described as a one in a million chance. After three years of working together, Smith's bespoke commission is now featured in his collection of more than 60 unique motor cars in the JBS Collection Museum.
The Landspeed collection consists of 25 Black Badge Dawn and 35 Black Badge Wraith models, drawing inspiration from land speed legend George Eyston who was, at one stage, the fastest man on Earth after piloting the Thunderbolt down the Bonneville Salt Flats.
The models incorporate details on the driver's door that replicate the Grosgrain weave silk and colors to match the original medal ribbons. The Wraith Landspeed features a Starlight Headliner to replicate the heavens as they appeared over the Flats on 16 September 1938. The constellations are marked using 2,117 individually placed fiber-optic lights.
The Black and Bright Collection features a selection of Cullinans that have been finished to replicate Moscow's ambiance at night. This creation follows the success of the Black Badge Wraith Black and Bright from two years ago and has been designed with the same spirit but with enhanced confidence.
The limited series of SUVs are exclusive to the Muscovite dealership and consist of five unique colors. The Technical Carbon veneer is personalized with a matching color inlay design. This is complemented by a starlight headliner that echoes the exterior and interior accents.
The last creation on the list is certainly the brand's most spectacular for 2021. The Boat Tail is a hand-built model that shows the brands' commitment to the art of coachbuilding. This example portrays generous proportions both inside and out as it aims to tell the romantic tale of the brand's history. Rumors suggest it cost the owners, believed to be Jay Z and Beyonce, in the region of $28 million.
The Boat Tail is unlike anything the brand has ever created. The highlight of the design is the rear wooden deck that incorporates a Caleidolegno veneer. With the press of a button, this expands into a dining space that reveals a double champagne refrigerator, silver cutlery, and a piano-hinged cocktail table with matching bar stools.