‘Most Ambitious Rolls-Royce Ever’: Phantom Syntopia Takes Bespoke Luxury to Stratospheric Levels
Rolls-Royce has clearly shown that luxury isn’t about fitting in giant touchscreens and a few cows worth of leather. Instead, it’s increasingly about personalisation as over the years it has created some striking one-off cars for its clientele. Its new creation, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Syntopia is all about the details along with being showered with the kind of luxury that even super yachts don’t see.
In their own words, it’s “the most technically complex Bespoke Phantom ever produced,” a statement not to be taken lightly. It’s where fashion meets luxury, collaborating with Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen.
Based on the extended wheelbase Rolls-Royce Phantom, it took four years of continuous development to literally weave this level of luxury into the Phantom. Seriously, we’re talking about three-dimensional textile sculptures and a ‘Weaving Water’ Starlight Headliner amongst other bespoke artwork seen in the vehicle.
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Everything here is bespoke, starting on the outside with their one-off ‘Liquid Noir’ paint that was developed by their bespoke division. The colour shows Purple, Blue, Magenta and Gold undertones when viewed at different angles while being the darkest solid-black paint by Rolls-Royce. To add a subtle shimmer, the team at Rolls developed a brand-new technique for applying pigment to the clearcoat – a process that took over 3,000 hours of testing and validation alone.
Move to the interior and the Starlight headliner on this car is the most complex one ever fitted to a Rolls-Royce. Made using a single sheet of leather selected from over 1000 hides, there’s a silver ‘liquid metal’ texture embedded with woven nylon fabric underneath. Haute Couture fans will notice this is the same material used in Iris van Herpen’s ‘Embossed Sounds’ collection, giving the headliner a three-dimensional appearance.
Furthermore, it’s finished with 162 delicate petals made of glass organza, hand-applied by members of Iris van Herpen’s Couture team. 187 of the 995 sparkling fiberoptic ‘stars’ were individually placed by hand alongside the artwork. In total, the entire Headliner alone involved almost 700 collective hours of work.
Other bespoke touches include textiles being used in the interior while the front seats of Phantom Syntopia are finished in Magic Grey leather. The rear seats are upholstered with a specially created silk-blend fabric, featuring a pattern that shows the light reflecting on water at night. The seats are quilted with another Weaving Water motif, like a tufting technique seen in furniture-making in which embroidery is applied to the reverse side of the textile.
What really stands out is the ‘bespoke scent’ that’s been developed exclusively for the Phantom Syntopia in collaboration with an expert perfumer and the owner of the car.
“Phantom Syntopia is the most ambitious, singular and highly Bespoke Phantom we have ever created, and a clear statement of Rolls-Royce’s standing as a true luxury house. Building on two decades of joint undertakings with the world’s most celebrated design houses, artists, horologists and jewellers, Phantom Syntopia secures Phantom’s standing as the ultimate blank canvas for Bespoke personalisation,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös CEO of Rolls-Royce.
“In collaborating with internationally renowned designer and Haute Couturière Iris van Herpen, we once again redraw the boundaries of innovation, craftsmanship and Bespoke possibility; not just for a motor car but across the wider luxury sector.”
It’s safe to say this one-off Phantom will never be replicated and will sit in the clients’ private collection from May.
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