Rolls-Royce Motor Cars: The Art Galleries within a Rolls-Royce Phantom

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars: The Art Galleries within a Rolls-Royce Phantom

Rolls-Royce Phantom owners have their dashboards turned into an art gallery bringing their creative ideas to life


Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, with its flagship Phantom line of cars, is the choice of some of the most dynamic and successful individuals in the world today. This also makes the Rolls-Royce Phantom a flagship for artisanal craftsmanship across the luxury world.

Now in its 8th Generation, the Phantom is being built with some of the most ornate and fanciful designs by Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective, a group which includes designers, artisans, craftspeople and engineers. Their only task is to bring Rolls-Royce motor car patrons’ creative ideas to life. The bespoke requests for the Rolls-Royce Phantom series have been increasing resulting in taking the demand for the services of the Bespoke Collective to a whole new level.

Rolls-Royce motor cars in Singapore has been elevating client expectations by pushing the creative boundaries and using newer and advanced technologies with evolving times. Inside the Phantom, there is an innovative Gallery – a central stage presented behind glass which offers patrons the opportunity to exhibit unique and personal works of art and design in their car.

John Beckley, Head of Rolls-Royce Bespoke, commented, “Our Bespoke division is working tirelessly to fulfil customer demand. Never before have we seen such levels of demand for Bespoke personalisation. These three Phantoms have taken several years to bring to fruition and are a true reflection of our Bespoke Collective’s extraordinary skill in interpreting and realising our clients’ visions.”

Horology Phantom

The Horology Phantom is touched with elements reminiscent of fine timepieces. A designer from the home of Rolls-Royce motor cars travelled to La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland to meet with master horologists to understand the complexities and exotic movements of contemporary timepieces. Gold and Silver hues set against the Gunmetal lower and Black upper two-tone exterior paint hint at the holistic theme of this car. A gold and silver coloured hand-painted twinned coachline incorporates an intricate watch inspired design, whilst the Spirit of Ecstasy, a figurine that has graced the bonnets of Rolls-Royce motor cars for over a century, is cloaked in 24-carat gold.

The interior consists of the largest stainless steel and gold inlay ever made for Rolls-Royce Phantom. Positioned below is the multiple layered stainless steel Gallery, the inlay depicts an abstract schematic of a watch movement. The Rolls-Royce clock, prominently housed in the Gallery, is set in a solid silver, guilloché case.

Digital Soul Phantom

The Digital Soul Rolls-Royce Phantom has been built with unique artwork that has been rendered using technology which is a combination of human endeavour and computer-generated design. The Digital Soul Phantom’s two-tone exterior colourway of Carrara White upper and Smokey Quartz lower is embellished with a gold coach line and gold plated Spirit of Ecstasy figurine. The interior design of the Rolls-Royce Phantom is a mix of Seashell and Dark Spice leathers that are accentuated with gold stitching and monograms depicting the ‘RR’ emblem. 

The Gallery on this ‘Digital Soul Phantom’ is created in collaboration with Munich based Product Designer, Thorsten Franck. The Rolls-Royce Phantom has the largest piece of 3D printed stainless steel ever featured in a production car which is further plated in nearly 50g of 24-carat gold. This creates unique work for the Gallery that enters the realms of jewellery, sculpture and design. Gold plated speaker grilles conclude the aesthetic of the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

The Bespoke Collective took over three months to develop the gold inlays that were aligned and set by hand in Smoked Eucalyptus wood on the Digital Soul Phantom’s rear doors and picnic tables.

Arabian Gulf Phantom 

Arabian Gulf Phantom adopts the rich colours and historical narrative of pearl diving from the Middle Eastern region. The Turchese exterior hue is evocative of the vibrant local waters, while the Andalusian White upper two-tone recalls the purity of natural pearls. An Arctic White coachline introduces a hand-painted Nautilus shell motif that is artistically embedded into the fabric of the Rolls-Royce Phantom motor car’s interior design.

The Turchese Gallery on the Arabian Gulf Phantom portrays a sense of movement, inspired by swelling oceans. A Mother of Pearl clock provides the perfect counterpoint to its sculptural aesthetic. The silk appliqué lines flow through the Gallery as though cradling the precious mineral stones of the clock. The artwork on the Arabian Gulf Phantom is a collaboration between Rolls-Royce motor cars and British artist Helen Amy Murray.

A large swathe of colour matched Turchese leather sweeps across Phantom’s expansive roof, enveloping the occupant in an atmospheric cocoon, punctuated by the coveted starlight headliner consisting of 1,344 hand-woven fibre optic light.

Mehtab Ahluwalia

10 Feb 2020, 11:00 AM

M is managing enterprise sales business for a software major during the day and has a penchant for panache. Well-travelled, well-read and bringing imagination to life through his lens and pen is what he often indulges in. Follow him on Facebook or Instagram.