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THE GHOST ZENITH, ROLLS-ROYCE, 360 MAGAZINE

GHOST ZENITH R-R

GHOST ZENITH COLLECTION THE PINNACLE OF A TIMELESS MASTERPIECE

Zenith: The highest or most successful point of anything —Oxford English Dictionary

  • Ingot made from 2009 Ghost concept 200EX commemorated in Ghost Zenith’s interior
  • Blueprint inspired artwork depicting technical data of 200EX engraved on centre console
  • Illuminated door pockets accent architectural elegance of interior
  • Contemporary complex marquetry celebrates Ghost’s dual passenger and driver nature
  • Collection limited to only 50 examples

Very rarely, there is a chance for collectors of luxury to obtain an itemthat is truly at its apex. In the context of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, these rare moments present themselves approximately once every 10 years. At Rolls-Royce, we celebrate ultimate craftsmanship and perfection, and when better to do so than when celebrating the success and global adoration that has been lavished on one of our motor cars during its life.

It is in this vein that, as Ghost approaches the end of its remarkable ten year tenure, the marque offers to collectors an extremely limited Zenith Collector’s Edition of Rolls-Royce Ghost. The Collection of just 50 Zeniths will celebrate the timeless elegance of a nameplatethat has become the cornerstone of contemporary Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. In true keeping with its name, the Ghost Zenith Collection will feature the highest levels of Bespoke ever seen on a Ghost Collection car.

The only previous occasion on which discerning collectors around the world have been afforded this privilege was when an equally limited number of Phantom VII Zeniths were created in 2016 to celebrate the end of its extraordinarily long and successful reign. These motor cars immediately became highly collectable and sought after, re-setting the bar of luxury and in doing so, creating a modern legend.

Ghost is a luxury icon that carries with it a rich and extraordinary past. From the Silver Ghost, the motor car that established the moniker of ‘The Best Car in the World’ over one hundred years ago, to 200EX, the experimental car that introduced the concept of a contemporary expression of this nameplate at the Geneva Motor Show in 2008, Ghost has offered patrons of the marque a modern, lithe and driverfocused Rolls-Royce. When production of Ghost began in 2009, patrons across the world were drawn to its elegant lines and dynamic offering and it quickly became, and remains to this day, the most successful Rolls-Royce motor car ever to be built, attracting a new group of young entrepreneurs to the marque. Indeed, the reduction in average age of a Rolls-Royce customer to around 43 is in part testament to Ghost’s global success.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, “The Ghost Zenith Collection presents an entirely forward-looking study of the unique characteristics that have seen Ghost ascend to the status of the most progressive super-luxury saloon ever conceived. This unique Collection provides patrons of the marque with a rare opportunity to own a motor car truly evocative of our time. Ghost is the most successful Rolls-Royce ever created and the Zenith Collection marks an important milestone in our modernhistory.

When shown at Geneva in 2008, 200EX introduced a concept that was both driver and passenger focused. The Ghost Zenith Collection draws many references from 200EX, with perhaps the most significant being the inclusion of a commemorative ingot, made from the original 200EX Spirit of Ecstasy, melted down and set in to the centre console of each of the 50 Zeniths. Engraved with the three keydesign lines of Ghost, the plaque details its significant origins. The Collection’s own Spirit of Ecstasy and clock are engraved with the name of this highly anticipated collection.

Furthermore, 200EX is immortalized in a complex engraving on the centre console of Ghost Zenith. A blueprint inspired artwork enlarged to a point of abstraction has been divided into 50 distinct parts, allowing each Ghost Zenith customer their own personal and individual work of art, while at the same time uniting the collection as a group homage to Ghost.

One’s eye is naturally drawn to the interior of the Collection’s doors, owing to the illuminated door pockets. Ambient light emits through perforated leather enhancing the architectural elegance of Ghost’s interior. One will also encounter a complex piece of marquetry, created by the master craftsmen and women in the marque’s legendary wood shop. Available in either wood, Technical fibre or piano finished veneer, the door marquetry transitions from the driver’s suite to passenger suite, emphasizing the dual nature to Ghost.

Members of the Bespoke Collective from the Home of Rolls-Royce’s leather shop too have been perfecting their art. The rear seats feature embroidery that takes its inspiration from the seat details of the original 1907 Silver Ghost. This embroidery elegantly transitions from the rear to the front of the cabin, and in the case of the Extended Wheelbase Zenith, the headliner thrusts purposefully forward into the poised silhouette of the Spirit of Ecstasy. The seats themselves are accentuated in a contrasting leather, accenting Ghost as the ultimate four seat limousine.

Occupants of the Ghost Zenith Standard Wheelbase will experience an extraordinary phenomenon. The famed starlight headliner is presented in a unique Shooting Star configuration. Shooting stars fire at random across the cabin roof, adding an extraordinary sense of theatre. This surprise and delight feature consists of over 1,340 individually mapped and hand-woven fibre optic lights.

Reminiscent of its Phantom counterpart, The Ghost Zenith Collection’s exterior styling takes on a new interpretation of its own a special two-tone application with a glosscontrast paint finish. Patrons may select three different colour-ways, Iguazu Blue with Andalusian White, Premiere Silver with Arctic White or a daring Bohemian Red with Black Diamond, with multiple variants available highlighting the flexibility of the model. The Silver Satin bonnet was first seen on 200EX.

These extraordinary motor cars, which represent the final opportunity to acquire this landmark, transformative luxury product, are currently being hand-crafted at The Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, an establishment recognised as the world’s premiere Global Centre of Luxury Manufacturing Excellence. The order books for this seminal Collection will close imminently.

FABERGÉ × ROLLS-ROYCE

ROLLS-ROYCE DEBUTS ‘SPIRIT OF ECSTASY’ FABERGÉ EGG

From Kings and Queens to entrepreneurs, many of the most prominent and wealthy collectors of the 20th and 21st century have been beguiled by the lure of a Fabergé Egg. With just 50 pre-1917 Imperial Eggs completed, these exceptionally precious creations are some of the most valuable and coveted objects ever to have been made.

Now, in a contemporary fashion, a new Fabergé Egg has been created. Two of the world’s most esteemed houses of luxury have joined forces to create one unique objet d’art, for one discerning patron. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Fabergé proudly announce the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg.

For the first time in history, an iteration of the Spirit of Ecstasy, the enigmatic mascot that has adorned Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1911, is cocooned in an exquisite, contemporary, Fabergé Egg. The design, conceived by Rolls-Royce Designers Stefan Monro and Alex Innes and rendered by Fabergé Lead Designer Liisa Talgren, has been brought to life by Fabergé workmaster Paul Jones, creating a contemporary interpretation of one of the world’s most fabled and prized possessions.

The commissioning of a Rolls-Royce motor car is often a seminal moment for the patron, so too is the commissioning of a Fabergé Egg.  Indeed, this ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg, the second to be commissioned in the ‘Imperial Class’ since 1917 – a category reserved only for Fabergé’s most illustrious creations – celebrates the history, heritage and legend for which both Rolls-Royce and Fabergé have been revered over more than a century. Both brands have navigated the vicissitudes of time and continue to produce the apogee of modern, highly sought after, true luxury items. The Egg is destined for the residence of a great collector of both brands.

The Egg connects the elements that lie at the very core of each marque – the Spirit of Ecstasy, the illustrious muse that has guided each Rolls-Royce motor car for over a century, and the form of a Fabergé Egg, the pinnacle of ornamental expression. The masterpiece resulting from this distinguished collaboration reflects the extraordinary attention to detail and the consummate craftsmanship for which both brands are renowned to this day.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, “’The Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg was born from an intrinsic desire to further the realms of Bespoke personalisation. Responding to the continuing demands of patrons in search of unique and cherished possessions, a designer at the House of Rolls-Royce sketched an egg, igniting a fascination that will undoubtedly become one of the most collectable items of modern times.”

A team of seven craftspeople from Fabergé undertook the challenge of fabricating the design using the finest materials married with their extraordinary skill as artist jewellers. At first glance, the Egg is unmistakable in its character. Design cues from Fabergé’s heritage are masterfully woven into the intricate design which stands at 160mm and weighs just 400g, with the Egg harnessing the ‘surprise and delight’ attributes for which Imperial Eggs are celebrated. 

The Egg rests on an engine-turned, hand-engraved, purple enamel guilloché base of 18 karat white gold. Arms of rose gold define the shape of the egg, acting as a protective chamber for the Egg’s precious inhabitant. Upon operating the movement via a discreet lever at the base of the stand, a sense of theatre ensues as the boughs open to present the fine figurine of the Spirit of Ecstasy, hand-sculpted in frosted rock crystal, standing nobly in her opulent surrounds. The rose gold vanes, embellished with nearly 10 carats of round white diamonds, resolve into swathes of natural amethyst weighing over 390 carats, specially selected for its colour saturation and quality. The purple hue of the enamel and amethyst provide a playful nod to the use of colour found in Fabergé’s heritage.

The technical mastery of Fabergé prevails. The ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg adopts a highly complex operating mechanism, conceived through computer aided design and animation, developed with micro engineering. The success of this mechanism, and in turn the piece as a whole, can be attributed to the goldsmiths’ art as craftspeople and their ability to meld this skill with technology, creating a work of art that could not be created by man alone. The piece embodies both the artistic design and engineering skill that one expects from a collaboration between Rolls-Royce and Fabergé, and has probably the most complicated opening of any Fabergé Egg to date. 

Sean Gilbertson, Chief Executive Officer, Fabergé said, “A unique moment in both our companies’ history, the creation of the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Egg represents the meeting of two masters of unrivalled quality and design, showcasing two globally recognised symbols – the Fabergé Egg and the Spirit of Ecstasy.”

Josina von dem Bussche-Kessell, Business Development and Global Sales Director, Fabergé added, “Two years in the making, we are very excited to unveil this special piece to our clients and partners across the globe together with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and are proud to continue making history by creating bespoke and unique pieces such as this. The ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Egg marks a demonstration of the reputation that Fabergé proudly carries today.”

Fifty Imperial Easter eggs were created for the Russian Imperial family between 1885 and 1916. These creations are inextricably linked to the lives of the Romanov family. Ten eggs were produced from 1885 to 1893 during the reign of Emperor Alexander III; a further 40 were created during the rule of his dutiful son, Nicholas II, two each year – one for his mother the dowager, the second for his wife. If we explore the great archives of Rolls-Royce, we find that Tsar Nicholas II was indeed also a patron of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

The ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg will be premiered at the House of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, England, to a host of distinguished guests and venerable patrons of the marque on 23 October, 2018. The Egg will then be on public display in Fabergé’s London window this Christmastime.

2019 Rolls Royce Cullinan, Effortless Everywhere: The Super Luxury Lifestyle Vehicle

By Shin Takei

Cullinan, the first, Super Luxury SUV from Rolls Royce came about because of demands from a customer base whose profile includes young or young at heart, affluent, demanding, cutting edge, stylish, leaders in their own fields and successful like the many readers of The 360 Magazine. You want to go all over the place without compromising comfort or quality whether on the highway or off road like in a Rolls Royce kind of way. The Cullinan is imposing as it stands tall and is unmistakably a Rolls Royce. Unlike the familiar two-box SUVs the Cullinan is a three-box design with a trunk area that extends beyond the tailgate. This is reminiscent of Rolls Royce from the 1930s which were equipped with an outside travel trunk for your belongings. The rear luggage area of the Cullinan is separated from the passenger compartment by a glass wall so that the passenger compartment noise level and temperature is controlled for maximum comfort. It will definitely stand out from the crowd and you will be noticed. It is powered by a 6.75 Liter twin-turbo V12 with 563bhp and 627lb-ft of torque with all-wheel drive and all wheel steering. Part of the All Aluminum Architecture shared with the new Phanton and future models, it offers incredible rigidity and features that expands the parameters of the flexible chassis.

The Cullinan features doors that open and close by a touch of the remote key or the door handles and the bottom curves inwards so that no trousers or long skirts can be soiled by dripping residue from the rain or having fun mid romping. The car also lowers itself 1.6 inches to make ingress and egress easy. Open the door and a whiff of exclusive leather aroma titillates the olfactory nerves. Beautiful wood veneers, jewel like finish on switches and knobs grace the interior. The high quality of the materials are what you come to expect from Rolls Royce and again Bespoke is the word here and there’s no end to what you can achieve to individualize your very own Cullinan. The central infotainment screen is now touch sensitive but there is the Spirit of Ecstasy dial in case you prefer to use it manually. There are two configurations for the rear seating; the Lounge Seat for owners with family that sits three across of the Individual Seats with a fixed center console that incorporates a drinks cabinet, Rolls Royce crystal whiskey glasses and decanter, champagne flutes and refrigerator. This luxurious feature come in handy when you deploy two rear-facing seats from below the rear luggage area by a touch of a button. These are no cheap jump seats but made to match the other leather material and interior feature sand is called a Viewing Suite. This is an elegant way to watch a cricket match or waves crashing near the ocean. It’s what we call a tail gate party on this side of the pond. By the way, rear seat passengers sit higher than the front so they have a commanding view out the large windows.

The Cullinan is at home on every terrain with the Magic Carpet Ride. There’s a Off-Road button commonly called the Everywhere Button that takes care of surfaces like rough road, gravel, wet grass, mud, snow and sand. This delivers torque to each wheel smoothly and without interruption. With input from electronically controlled shock absorbers, steering inputs, camera info and body and wheel acceleration, the air suspension system adjusts to current conditions a million times a second. In addition to the Off-Road button, there is a Hill Descent button and Air Suspension ride height button that makes it real simple to adjust.

The 2019 Rolls Royce Cullinan is a welcome addition to the Super Luxury SUV class with its elegant yet imposing looks and commanding presence. We anticipate the Cullinan to land on our shores late fall so we will be giving it a test drive then.

For more information, visit www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com

2018 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM VIII

Ultimate Luxury on Wheels

By Shin Takei

We all know that Rolls-Royce has been defining the pinnacle of luxurious automobiles since 1904. But the comfort level of the first cars were, well, not even close to what it is today, rather a rough outing. The Phantom in its eighth iteration started in 1925 as a replacement for the Silver Ghost and since then has been the top model for Rolls-Royce, hence bearing the duty of being coined the phrase Best Car in the World.

The styling of the Phantom is an evolution of the series, carefully incorporating the DNA of the past into the elegant updated shape. For the first time, the signature grill is gently curved at the top and twin chrome strips run back to the A-pillars and surrounds the windshield. The rear end has been lightened up and a chrome C-pillar garnish defines the passenger compartment. The overall feeling is that it is magnificent and cannot be anything but a Rolls-Royce. We have written before about Bespoke and explained how the owner “tailors” the car to his exact preference and taste. Hence a Phantom is a personal statement of the owner and the owner is the most important aspect of the car because he/she alone determines how his or her Phantom gets built.

The all new twin turbo V12 produces 563bhp @ 5,000rpm with 664 lb ft of torque @ 1,700rpm, more than adequate to propel the 5754lbs car from 0-60mph in 5.2 seconds. The ZF 8-speed automatic transmission is silky smooth and shifts are hardly noticeable. The new Architecture of Luxury incorporates an aluminum space frame that will be shared by all new vehicles hereafter including the Cullinan SUV coming later this year. With 4-wheel steering, Electronic Roll Control. GPS and optically monitored air suspension system reading what’s coming on the road ahead, the Phantom just glides through uneven pavement.

The new interior is something to behold. The Gallery is a glass panel that spans the entire dashboard and can display various art work or designs by commissioned artists. The instruments are displayed in front of the driver who sits holding a large diameter steering wheel that is retro in design. In fact the wood paneling, various knobs and rotary switches that operate vents, a/c and the infotainment system are elegant compared to touch panel controls. Every surface is covered in wood or leather and the aroma inside the cabin is heavenly. Enter the Phantom Suite which is now the name of the rear compartment for the Extended Wheelbase model which adds 8.6 inches to the wheelbase. The Suite is a Zen like sanctuary where it is quiet, serene and isolated thanks to 287 lbs of sound insulation making it 10% more quieter than Phantom VII. Here you can relax to multi-adjustable massage seats, gaze at the Starlight Headliner, watch the screens for movies or connect to the internet. Then open the refrigerated compartment, enjoy your chilled Champagne and drink it in the RR crystal glasses with your initials on them. If its congested outside and you’re about to miss a concert at the Met or Disney Hall, just crank up the Rolls Royce Bespoke Audio with 1300 WATTS of power and you won’t miss a thing

Peninsula Hotels, one of the must luxurious hotels in the world have been a partner with Rolls Royce by offering their guests pick up service in a Phantom. Some of the suites come with the use of a chauffeured Phantom when they stay there. Like pairing a fine wine to an exquisite dinner, the Peninsula and a Phantom are well suited for each other.

The 2018 Rolls Royce Phantom VIII is reserved for the top 1% and is a personal statement of the owner. It doesn’t come with autonomous driving feature because the ultimate auto pilot is your chauffeur. Please make mine with the Lalique crystal Spirit of Ecstasy.

For more information, please visit www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com

ROLLS-ROYCE ADAMAS

ADAMAS COLLECTION TAKES ROLLS-ROYCE BLACK BADGE FURTHER INTO THE DARKNESS

·       Rolls-Royce unveils first Black Badge Collection of 40 Wraiths and 30 Dawns, named Adamas

·       Laboratory-grown black diamonds encrust Black Badge infinity symbol

·       Spirit of Ecstasy transformed in machined carbon fibre

·       Carbon structure inspired Starlight Headliner features colour gradation

The Bespoke Collective of the House of Rolls-Royce has conceived a darker iteration of Black Badge Wraith and Dawn, presented in a limited Collection, named Adamas. Drawing inspiration from the name, meaning ‘untameable’, ‘invincible’ and also ‘diamond’, the Collective celebrate the darker side of contemporary craftsmanship, expertly weaving a dark aesthetic of unbreakable carbon structures into just 40 Black Badge Wraiths and 30 Black Badge Dawns. Technical fibres and molecular compounds are manipulated and recognised for their systematic, beguiling beauty.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce, commented, “Adamas is a Collection that fuses the extraordinary competence of our Bespoke craftspeople from the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, with the rebellious spirit of Black Badge. The result is a motor car for those who seek more than the definitive of engineered luxury conveyance. This is a motor car for the risk-taker who is not afraid to embrace a bold and progressive statement of true and modern luxury, in its darkest form.”

Adamas Collection

On encountering Adamas, one is immediately drawn to the Spirit of Ecstasy, who finds herself taken from the edge of darkness, into the black. She is formed for the first time in history of machined carbon fibre, personifying the very essence of the Collection.

The entrancing figure is engineered from 294 layers of aerospace grade carbon fibre, which takes 68 hours to produce with a technical weave angle of precisely 25 degrees. She confidently resides on a specially created titanium base, vapour blasted to adopt a darkened aesthetic, bearing the words ‘BLACK BADGE ADAMAS’, and the infinity logo.

One recalls the colours of the first iteration of Rolls-Royce Black Badge. The mandarin orange interior for Dawn and Cobalto Blue interior for Wraith have spread to the exterior; darkened versions of these hues envelop the body in a hypnotic Aphrodite Red over Black and Morpheus Blue over Black two-tone respectively. These are the first two-tone Black Badge cars. These colours, as though touched by darkness, have a deep colour transition, providing a mesmerising iridescent effect. Patrons are able to specify their chosen Adamas in either colourway.

Below, black grille vanes are added to the already darkened grille surround of Black Badge, underlying the sinister, untameable nature of Adamas.

Stepping inside, one’s eye is drawn to the clock, encrusted with black diamonds. Harnessing the carbon structure in its most explicit form, 88 laboratory-grown diamonds form the Black Badge infinity symbol, providing a jewellery-like reminder of the restless spirits of the inhabitants of these motor cars. Mounted upon a carbon fibre back-plate, the black diamonds are perfectly engineered to deliver exquisite clarity and colour. The face of the clock is embellished with machined aluminium chaplets and a polished aluminium inner bezel, adding dramatic detail to the contrasting white face.

Perhaps one of the most captivating expressions of technical craft is the interpretation of the diamond theme on the starlight headliner of Wraith Adamas. 1,340 individual fibre optic lights are configured as though forming the molecular structure of carbon as it becomes a diamond, presenting a motif reminiscent of a powerful spine running through the interior cabin. Available in either hue, co-ordinating perfectly with either colour scheme, the starlight headliner for the first time incorporates graded shading, using varying tones of the chosen colour palette to accentuate the subject.

Pearlescent effect leather, a Collection Car debut, echoes the exterior hue. Offset by a two tone steering wheel and accentuated by rich woven black leather on the door panniers and transmission tunnel, the interior celebrates the darker side of luxury craftsmanship in even the smallest of details.

The Collection premieres a new dark brushed metal fascia, designed to correspond with the carbon fibre. Cold to the touch, this metal finish flows through the motor car, through both front and rear centre console lids, emphasising the unbreakable strength at the core of Black Badge Adamas.

As a final touch, when one enters or alights from the atmospheric cabin of Adamas, one encounters an illuminated tread plate, reading either ‘Black Badge Wraith Adamas – One of Forty’ or ‘Black Badge Dawn Adamas – One of Thirty’, reminding the occupant of the power and precious nature of this Collection.

Rolls-Royce Collection Cars

The Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective, consisting of designers, engineers and craftspeople from the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, have an innate understanding of the marque’s discerning patrons. Characterised by a desire for more than mere acquisition, a patron of Rolls-Royce, accustomed to luxury in all avenues of their lifestyle, seeks to commission and collect. It is at this juncture that there is a meeting of minds with the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective, who provides a guiding hand in this commissioning process, imparting its deep understanding of the constitution of true luxury in the process. The Bespoke Collective harness this knowledge to create a limited number of highly Bespoke, rare, collectable motor cars; a Rolls-Royce Collection car.

It is for this reason a Rolls-Royce Collection car gains such distinction. Formed at the hands of masters in their fields, a Rolls-Royce Collection car is a showcase of competence, using the finest materials in ways that raise the bar of technical competence to create a stunning masterpiece.

Resulting from this deep understanding of its clientele, Rolls-Royce is able to anticipate these customer needs and requirements. Whether drawn to a motor car steeped in rich heritage, such as the recently announced ‘Silver Ghost Collection’, or a playful adaptation of luxury theatre as revealed in the ‘Wraith Luminary Collection’, or now, embodying the darkest expressions of luxury in the Adamas Collection, the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective can rise to the most demanding of challenges.

ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST COLLECTION

ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS ANNOUNCES

THE ‘SILVER GHOST COLLECTION’

· A collection of 35 Bespoke Ghosts to be created in homage to the 1907 ‘Silver Ghost’

· British Assay Office specially produced AX201 and ‘RR’ Hallmarks to authenticate lineage of the collection

· 100% Pure Silver particles are infused into the hand-painted coachline

· Copper detailing redolent of the ‘Silver Ghost’ engine bay is featured on the collar of the Spirit of Ecstasy

For full press release, photo and video selections, HERE

In celebration of this extraordinary feat of engineering excellence, a special collection of model year 2018 Bespoke Ghosts will be created at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex. Thirty-five patrons of the marque will delight in a contemporary masterpiece of automotive history, as the Bespoke Collective of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars envisions the ‘Silver Ghost Collection’.

Speaking from the Home of Rolls-Royce, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, “The extraordinary accomplishments of our marque’s founding fathers are honoured by the creation of this elegant ‘Silver Ghost Collection’. The Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective masterfully weave the rich narrative of the original ‘Silver Ghost’ into just 35 motor cars, creating a contemporary homage to the original motor car. Today, our craftspeople and master artisans continue this legacy of excellence, creating unique motor cars that define luxury.”

The Rolls-Royce ‘Silver Ghost Collection’

Today, a Rolls-Royce motor car is the ultimate luxury, steeped in narrative, veiled in rarity. A Rolls-Royce Collection Car showcases the extraordinary talents of the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design team; they are born collectables. These are future classics, destined for the lawns of the great international Concours d’Élégance.

Careful consideration has been paid to the defining features of this collection. References extoling the past are skilfully hand-crafted into Ghost’s interior and exterior, creating a contemporary homage which speaks as much of today’s great brand as the ‘Silver Ghost’ does of its day.

A solid sterling-silver Spirit of Ecstasy, the muse that has guided motor cars created by the marque since 1911, will hint at the pioneering heritage of this motor car’s forebear. A specially created Hallmark of AX201, the registration plate of the original ‘Silver Ghost’, will be marked on the base of each muse by the British Assay office, an honour reserved for few. Alongside the AX201 Hallmark, the Metal Fineness marks and the Assay Office town mark, a second unique ‘RR’ Hallmark, the eponymous badge of the marque, will act as the Sponsor’s Mark and authenticate its heritage.

A black-gold-plated collar enshrouds the base of the Spirit of Ecstasy, itself bearing the unique identity of this collection. An insert is crafted from hammered copper, in tribute to the copper extensively used in the engine bay of the original ‘Silver Ghost’. The copper, shaped, beaten and textured is engraved with the newly designed AX201 Hallmark.

Cassiopeia Silver, a complex Bespoke silver paint that incorporates both warm and cool tones, bathes the exterior of Ghost in a hue that echoes the silver paint of the original motor car. A Bespoke hand-painted coachline, applied by Rolls-Royce’s master coachline painter and taking eight hours to apply, is imbued with fine particles of 100% pure silver, adding to the provenance of this collection.

The face of the Model Year 2018 motor car is instantly recognisable as one of 35 in this collection. Black painted grille veins mimic the distinctive black grille of the ‘Silver Ghost’, while the fully-polished wheel centres encircled with ‘SILVER GHOST – SINCE 1907’ engraved on a Cassiopeia Silver backing, echo the fine details of the original car.

On opening the coach doors, accents of a specially created ‘Forest Green’ leather provide a nod to the original interior colour scheme. A newly designed silver tipped leather makes its Rolls-Royce debut, being incorporated onto the front and rear door panniers. Additionally, a silver onlay has been set into the open pore wood of the fascia and door cappings, flanking a solid silver ingot, hallmarked to allow reflection of this motor car’s great lineage.

Further reference to the ‘Silver Ghost’ is made via the collection’s clock, styled as an ingot of silver, engraved with ‘Silver Ghost Since 1907’ and once again marked with the distinguishing hallmarks of this collection. A peened solid silver encasement provides a decorative surface, reminiscent of the original dials of the ‘Silver Ghost’.

The tread plates proudly authenticate each motor car, engraved with the words ‘Silver Ghost Collection – One of Thirty-Five’, while the Rolls-Royce umbrellas, stowed in the doors of each motor car, are edged in a silver-coloured binding and have an open-pore Tudor Oak handle, with the end of the handle engraved to demonstrate its unique origins.

A Bespoke central console allows the patron to convey personal accoutrements, accommodating contemporary touring. A time-piece, sunglasses and accessories case is presented alongside a ‘Silver Ghost’ pen, shaped as the speedform of the car; clean, modern and streamlined.

As a finishing touch and to complete the collection, a rare and collectable Silver Ghost Hamper will continue Rolls-Royce’s romantic notion of the pinnacle in al fresco dining, proudly displaying a fusion of Bespoke Design with the finest craftsmanship.

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