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by Sommer Thornton
Rolls-Royce stunts in Paris with its ultra exclusive Metropolitan collection. The Paris Motor Show didn’t know what hit them when Rolls-Royce unveiled its new limited edition whip, hand-crafted by their Bespoke Department.
The Phantom Metropolitan collection draws inspiration from modern skylines of some of the world’s most progressive cities. The Bespoke Department at Rolls-Royce first gave the Metropolitan collection a Dark Tungsten exterior hue and an Atherius Grey leather interior. It was perfect for a Parisian debut, where painstaking artistry is more appreciated.
The Phantom Metropolitan’s exterior has a hand-applied coachline that that depicts an abstract silhouette of a modern skyscraper.
The Roll-Royce Metropolitan has a sexy exterior and on the inside, a special marquetry application on the wood trim. The marquetry technique involves an expert craftsperson applying 500 individual wood veneers to decorative cityscapes. When open, the Phantom’s signature table presents occupants with an elevated view of the city. On closing the tables, a different perspective of the cityscape is offered evoking the view passengers get when chauffeured in the Phantom.
6800 two-tone stitches to the rear seat flutes show another skyline. And a specially developed Bespoke clock extends the theme to the front of the car. For the first time in marquee history, a rotating bezel showing 24 cities of the world adorns the center console.
The Bespoke Department at Rolls-Royce specializes in personalization and exclusive ultra-premium craftsmanship with a collection of the automobile world’s finest designers, engineers, and craftspeople.
As afforded to any Rolls-Royce customer, the full palate of 44,000 colors is available for the Metropolitan collection. And the Bespoke craftspeople will create a perfect match of any color or object a customer may wish to replicate.