Rolls-Royce recently unveiled the Phantom Metropolitan Collection, at the Mondial de L’Automobile inParis. The Phantom Metropolitan Collection features exquisite hand-crafted design inspired by the modern metropolis. Just 20 of these beautifully crafted vehicles will be available to commission. The Phantom Metropolitan Collection pays homage to the world’s great metropolises through the meticulous application of marquetry – the art of inlaying small pieces of wood veneer to form decorative motifs.
When open, Phantom’s signature picnic table presents occupants with an elevated view of the city, created through the expert application of 500 individual wood veneer pieces. The process of hand-cutting, colouring, shaping and applying is so complex that the entire process takes an expert wood craftsperson several days to complete. On closing the tables, a different perspective of the cityscape is offered – reflecting the view one gets when effortlessly travelling in the rear of a Phantom.
The cityscape theme extends beyond Phantom’s many wood surfaces. A specially developed Aetherius Grey leather color was created to echo the colour palette of the modern city whilst 6,800 two-tone stitches to the central rear seat flutes depict an abstract image of a skyscraper. Morover specially developed Bespoke clock extends the theme to the front of the car. For the first time in the marque’s history, a rotating bezel expressing 24 of the great cities of the world and their time zones – Paris included – adorns the central console of a Rolls-Royce motor car.The exterior hue, Darkest Tungsten, inspired by city skylines finished the exterior surfaces of the motor car on display in Paris.