Rolls-Royce has launched its new one-off Phantom which claims to be the most technically complex bespoke Phantom yet. Phantom Syntopia, created in collaboration with Dutch haute couture phenome, Iris van Herpen, is a unique creation that brings two luxury houses together to push the boundaries of innovation, craftsmanship and luxury.
Following two decades of joint ventures with the most prestigious design houses, artists, horologists, and jewelers in the world, Phantom Syntopia “preserves Phantom’s reputation as the ultimate blank canvas for Bespoke customization. We once again redraw the lines between innovation, craftsmanship, and Bespoke possibility by working with internationally renowned designers not just for a motor car but across the larger luxury sector,” according to Torsten Müller-tvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Based on the previous Phantom Extended, The Phantom Syntopia is a bespoke masterpiece which took the company nearly 4 years to complete. Drawing on the principles of biomimicry, the kinetic fluidity of water is visualized through hand-crafted and digital weaving techniques. A few of Phantom Syntopia’s unique features include its custom paintwork, the weaving 3D star headliner, glass organza petals, and patterned silk-blend seats.
Starting with the exterior, The Phantom Syntopia has a special color-shifting Iridescent Magnetism paint treatment. According to Rolls-Royce, it created an exclusive Liquid Noir paint for the one-of-a-kind creation that shimmers in the sunlight. Depending on the angle from which it is viewed, the paint reveals overtones of purple, blue, magenta, and gold. According to the manufacturer, a special mirror-like pigment with color-shifting characteristics was applied over a base layer of black to generate this. In addition, Rolls-Royce said that it has created a brand-new pigmented clear lacquer, especially for the customized vehicle. Rolls-Royce shares that the distinctive paintwork on the bonnet, which was inspired by flowing water, was achieved “by meticulously spreading the pigment throughout the finishing process.”
The interior work was a main task for Rolls-Royce. The team worked diligently to craft the elements of the bespoke cabin. Phantom Syntopia has a remarkable Starry Night headliner made from a single piece of leather with a 3D design that runs the length of the roof. Unique glass organza petals and manually placed fiber-optic “stars” were also featured in the headliner’s design. The symmetrical slits in the liner mirror the design seen on the car’s bonnet, revealing a “liquid metal” feel underneath. The glass organza petals can also be seen in the gallery on the dashboard, which was created for showing the royal feel. Phantom Syntopia’s front seats are fully finished in grey leather and for the rear seats they used a unique silk-blend upholstery with distinctive patterning. This rear upholstery was customized to mimic the effects of light-reflecting water at night.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom Syntopia bespoke vehicle is a one-time collaboration which will be heading to the garage of the ultimate client in May 2023.