Rolls-Royce has created one of its most beautiful bespoke cars ever, a drop-dead gorgeous Phantom designed by legendary French fashion and luxury goods house Hermès. A team of Bespoke specialists at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, UK, collaborated with Hermès' master craftsmen in Paris on the commission for Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, who obviously decreed that cost was no object.
The car's exterior color is absolutely stunning, and of course completely custom. Called Oribe Green, it's meant to evoke the "lustrous, deep-green glaze" that characterizes the 16th-century Japanese ceramics of that name which Maezawa collects, and is set off by cream-white lower bodywork details. The interior is finished predominantly in nearly-matching Hermès Enea Green leather, which "flows" around the upper instrument panel, interior pillars and parcel shelf.
Seashell White accents and matching lambswool floor mats "create a sense of light and space throughout," Rolls says. Other bespoke details inside the car include wooden speaker frets, formed by "meticulously perforating" the open pore "Royal Walnut" veneer applied to the doors, creating a "seamless, textured aesthetic and delicate haptics." And, in another first for Rolls-Royce, Hermès Toile 'H' canvas is applied to the door armrests and center and rear consoles.
Finally, for the "gallery" that runs the length of the Phantom's interior fascia, Hermès commissioned artwork based on a design by the celebrated French artist and illustrator Pierre Peron, who created many of the brand's iconic scarves. Inspired by the famous Hermès horse motif, it is hand-painted on open pore Royal Walnut and is made to look as though it is behind glass.
“This magnificent expression of our pinnacle product represents a landmark for Rolls-Royce," notes Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös, "bringing together two houses with more than three centuries’ combined experience and heritage. It is the result of a deep, genuine collaboration between the Houses of Rolls-Royce and Hermès, in which designers, materials specialists and skilled craftspeople worked side by side to create a truly one-of-a-kind Phantom."
Michael Bryden, Lead Designer of Rolls-Royce's Bespoke Collective, adds that "This unique Phantom is a fusion of East and West, ancient and modern, serenity and exhilaration. It was a great creative and cultural exchange working with Hermès; we learned a great deal from each other."
It's too bad that Rolls never recreates any of its custom cars for other clients; or maybe a very good thing. Otherwise, we'd have to rob a bank to order one of these for ourselves.