Rolls-Royce has today unveiled a new limited edition version of its flagship Phantom saloon, at the Paris Motor Show.
Called the Metropolitan Collection, the exclusive model run is limited to just 20 vehicles, each of which show off the exquisite skills of the Rolls-Royce team of craftsmen.
The collection “pays homage to the world’s great metropolises through the meticulous application of marquetry,” according to the Goodwood-based manufacturer.
Marquetry – for us commoners – is the art of inlaying small pieces of wood veneer to create decorative motifs, which are liberally applied to wooden trim pieces around the cabin.
The rear picnic tables (what, your car doesn’t have those?) themselves feature no less than 500 individual wood veneer pieces, which make up an intricate artwork showing an elevated view of a city skyline. Fold the picnic tables away and a different view is presented, again in marquetry.
Such fine handiwork is not the work of a moment, with each piece taking several days to complete. The interior is further lifted by the use of exclusive wood veneers, and ‘Aetherius Grey’ leather, which is held together by no less than 6,800 stitches – which are applied by hand.
On the outside, there is a similar attention to detail, with the ‘Darkest Tungsten’ paint work embellished with a hand-applied coach-line across the length of the car, representing the silhouette of modern skyscrapers.
This is not the first time Rolls-Royce has launched a special edition model lavished with such artwork. Earlier this year it unveiled the Waterspeed Collection, based on the Phantom Drophead Coupe and built to commemorate Sir Malcolm Campbell’s water speed record victory in 1937.
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