The vast majority of buyers who order a new Rolls-Royce customize the car to some extent — the sky is the limit, and we’re not talking about the one embedded into the headliner. As 2023 draws to a close, the British brand is highlighting some of the coolest requests it received.
Rolls-Royce notes its Bespoke department received several unprecedented requests in 2023; one customer even asked for a special scent, and engineers had to develop several new paint processes. One of the highlights is the Phantom Syntopia, which the company labels “the most technically complex Bespoke commission ever undertaken.” Created jointly with Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen, it explores a theme called “Weaving Water” with custom details on the hood, the dashboard, and the headliner, which took nearly 700 hours to make.
Travel inspired several Rolls-Royce customers in 2023. Three units of the Cullinan Black Badge Lucid Nights were built for the South Korean market and painted in Lime Green, Indy Red and Tucana Purple, respectively, as a tribute to the neon-lit streets of Seoul. Moving closer to the brand’s headquarters, the one-off Phantom Cinque Terre features styling cues inspired by some of Italy’s most touristic villages and the wine made in that region. The headliner notably incorporates a map of Italy embroidered with no less than 14,338 individual stitches.
Limited to 25 units, the Ghost Black Badge Ékleipsis Private Collection features styling cues from the world of astrology. It’s finished in a color combination inspired by a total solar eclipse, and its headliner gains an animation that mimics an eclipse and lasts for seven and a half minutes. The dashboard gets a clock whose bezel incorporates a brilliant-cut 0.5-carat diamond — the first in Rolls-Royce’s history.
Riding in the one-of-one Rose Blossom Phantom should feel like sitting in a summer garden, without the sunburn and the wasps trying to taste your drink. Rolls-Royce embroidered flowers into the dashboard and the headliner, and it added four species of butterfly (Swallowtail, Peacock, Common Blue and Duke of Burgundy) to bring the backdrop to life. The headliner in this car required over 200 hours of work.
Some buyers take a more personal approach to customization. One client celebrated a significant birthday by ordering a Cullinan that stands out with “some of the most elaborate use of mother-of-pearl ever seen in a Rolls-Royce.” Known as the Pearl Cullinan, it’s painted in a color that matches the owner’s most prized pearl and fitted with picnic tables made with 1,351 separate pieces of mother-of-pearl laid by hand.
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