Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will return to the Geneva Motor Show for 2019 and will, for the first time, debut its full current product portfolio on an international stage.
Representing the near-infinite bespoke possibilities at the heart of its record-breaking success in 2018, Rolls-Royce says that it will present one of an extraordinary collection of 25 Phantoms alongside the first publicly-revealed bespoke Cullinan commission.
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In addition, two powerful visions of Black Badge and a highly bespoke Dawn will be revealed, “each informed by the taste patterns of a younger, more assertive breed of entrepreneur drawn to the brand,” according to Rolls-Royce.
In light of the automaker’s sales record set in 2018 - the greatest sales result in the brand’s 115-year history - the marque found it necessary to further expand. 200 new jobs have taken the total workforce beyond 2000, while the company remains profitable and generating a financial contribution to its shareholder, the BMW Group.
Created for those who conceive and achieve the impossible, the Tranquillity is an expression of the Phantom’s standing as one of the rarest and most desired cars in the luxury world. This collection is strictly limited to just 25 examples worldwide and available as both Phantom and Phantom Extended Wheelbase, which discerning collectors have already purchased.
Within the Tranquillity’s gallery is a design inspired by the X-Ray coded aperture masks used on the British Skylark space rocket. Space exploration is further manifested with a unique first for Rolls-Royce; the incorporation of meteorite within the volume controller, further enhanced with a polished gold grip that matches the gold finish in the collection gallery. This remarkable application of authentic Muonionalusta meteorite, which fell to earth in Kiruna, Sweden in 1906, is complemented by detailed engraving of the location and date of its discovery.
Inspired by the light and dark sides of the Moon, the interior colourway of arctic white or selby grey leather integrates unique veneer combinations of gloss and satin, both with an exclusive metallic effect. Black gloss runs from the fascia onto all the centre consoles, while a satin finish is used for the upper glovebox and door armrests.
An adventurous Cullinan
Following its global launch in the peaks of the Grand Tetons, Wyoming, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan has now begun a remarkable journey with the marque’s patrons who continue to create truly personal expressions of their lifestyles. An exclusive Cullinan has been curated in recognition of this extraordinary adventure. Inside, the bespoke Cullinan boasts navy blue and oatmeal interior appointments wrought in leather hides.
To the rear, the motorised fifth door gives access to an upper tier of stainless-steel cocktail and seasoning services and lower tier of elegantly stowed glassware and American Walnut serving boards. Should the user wish to present their guests with appetisers, two stainless steel dishes etched with the RR monogram can be removed from their natural grain leather holster in the centre of the hosting service and placed to one side in recessed, leather-trimmed coasters finished with aluminium bezels. Two rear-facing leather chairs and a cocktail table are stored in the rear compartment of Cullinan.
Dawn of a special car
The Rolls-Royce Dawn brought to Genèva is finished in a newly developed blue crystal over milori sapphire paint that incorporates a layer of lacquer infused with glass particles to create a shimmering crystal effect.
Rolls-Royce says that it aimed to create the silhouette of a two-seat roadster. This car’s cockpit is trimmed with selby grey leather afore and navy blue leather astern, in a bid to highlight the driver’s position. The interior ambience is further enhanced with a piano milori sapphire dashboard, hand-polished for 12 hours and framed by silver pin striping.
Since the introduction of the brand’s family of Black Badge motor cars, a younger, buyer responded by evolving the marque’s bold alter-ego through their own highly personal bespoke commissions. For the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Rolls-Royce presents two powerful visions informed by the taste patterns of this new breed of entrepreneur who wishes to amplify the character of their Rolls-Royce.
Galileo blue was selected to dramatize the dynamic substance of Black Badge Wraith, while Mandarin coach lines were applied to reflect an ongoing trend towards small but impactful contrasts within each commission’s colourway. Inside, arctic white and navy blue leathers are similarly specked with Mandarin accents on the seat piping and veneer pinstripes, while a hexagon pattern is worked in fine cotton thread between the two rear seats.