Rolls Royce’s Pinnacle Travel Phantom : a showcase of bespoke artistry
Unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars launched a new Bespoke Collection motor car : the Pinnacle Travel Phantom. Conceived to celebrate the Chinese love of travel, this car is a showcase of Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke expertise. Indeed, the Pinnacle Travel Phantom brilliantly serves as a showcase for the imaginative heights of craftsmanship, design and excellence of Rolls-Royce.
A true showcase of Bespoke Expertise
According to the World Tourism Barometer published by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, China continues to be the largest outbound travel market for the second year in a row, spending an estimated $125 billion on travel in 2013. Answering this growing interest in luxury travel, the Rolls-Royce Pinnacle Travel Phantom offers a luxuriant colour palette, opulent, sumptuous materials and the most complex, beautifully hand-crafted marquetry ever seen in a Rolls-Royce, evoking the experience of travelling on luxurious cross-continental trains.
The Rolls-Royce Pinnacle Travel Phantom boasts a two-tone exterior colour scheme: the Madeira Red is complemented by the Silver Sand on the lower side panels whilst a unique Madeira Red coach line, reproducing an abstract motif of a streamlined train travelling at speed, invites you onboard.
Inside, the Rolls-Royce Pinnacle Travel Phantom features an opulent colour scheme with a number of Morello Red and Seashell leather combinations for seats, roofliner, pillars and door cards plus specifically developed Morello Red lambs wool floor mats to produce a cosseting interior in which to travel.
A further motif in Smoke Grey thread is stitched into the seat flutes and showcases the craftsmanship of Rolls-Royce. This motif is echoed in individual fabric cushions to enhance the comfort for both rear travellers.
The pièce de la resistance, however, is the most complex and intricate marquetry ever seen inside a Rolls-Royce. Using methods akin to the artistry of fine furniture makers, Rolls-Royce creates perfection through a process that marries cutting-edge technology with traditional craftsmanship.
Individual pieces of wood veneer are laser-cut to ensure precision. Then, a craftsperson painstakingly assembles the sections, ensuring they perfectly express the vision of the marque’s Bespoke design team. In the case of Pinnacle Travel Phantom, 230 individual pieces of marquetry combine to create the incredibly striking motif of a cross-continental train speeding across a landscape with plumes of steam left in its wake.
This motif flows across the front-fascia pieces of glove box and passenger panel to the rear picnic tables and door cappings. The same motif bleeds onto the door cards through 24,633 individual stitches, emphasising the painstaking craftsmanship required to perfectly match the two details.
In short, this special edition of the Phantom‘s interior takes opulence to a whole new level. To discover more about Rolls-Royce, discover our supercars category.