Hermès And Rolls-Royce Collaborate To Create The Car Of Your Dreams
Renowned French luxury manufacturer, Hermès, has been known to create beautiful and luxurious items. When people heard that it has teamed up with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, everybody scoured the internet just to get a glimpse of the new project.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has co-created a magnificent Bespoke Phantom in a unique collaboration with Hermès. The car— Phantom Oribe— was carefully crafted by specialists at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, West Sussex, and Hermès in Paris.
The Phantom Oribe reflects the personality and passions of its owner, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa who envisioned the car as a 'land jet,’ bringing the serene exclusivity of private air travel to the road.
The car features a striking two-tone green and cream exterior that resembles antique Japanese Oribe ware, a collection Maezawa has.
The upper part is finished in Oribe Green, a fully Bespoke colour created exclusively for the client; in an unusual move, Rolls-Royce has made the paint available for use on the client’s private jet which the Phantom will be paired with. Developed over many months by specialists in the Surface Finish Centre at Goodwood, it perfectly captures the lustrous, deep-green glaze that characterises these 16th-century ceramics. The effect is beautifully completed by the cream-white lower section.
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The Oribe ware is still visible inside the new Phantom. The finish predominantly comes in in Hermès Enea Green leather, extending to details that include the immediate touch-points of the client; for example, the steering wheel, duchess handles, gear selector and the rotary controls for the motor car’s climate settings.
Hermès’ touch is evident in the leather that flows around the upper instrument panel, interior pillars and parcel shelf.
The leather also enrobes less visible surfaces including the glove compartment and luggage compartment lining, centre console, decanter stowage compartment and Champagne cooler. In a sign of the project's truly collaborative nature, and the two makers' mutual esteem, the glove compartment lid is embossed with the signature Habillé par Hermès Paris.
Delicate Hermès piping adorns the headrest cushions and calf supports of the rear seats, while soft Seashell White accents and matching lambswool floor mats create a sense of light and space throughout.
Phantom Oribe’s interior is made to stand out. Its wooden speaker frets are formed by meticulously perforating the Open Pore Royal Walnut veneer applied to the doors, creating a seamless, textured aesthetic and delicate haptics.
Open Pore Royal Walnut is additionally applied to the centre and rear consoles and picnic table backs; in another first for Rolls-Royce, the interior features Hermès Toile H canvas on the door armrests, centre and rear consoles and, most notably, the signature headliner.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös highlighted the dedication brought by two luxury houses to this project.
“This magnificent expression of our pinnacle product represents a landmark for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, bringing together two houses with more than three centuries’ combined experience and heritage. It is the result of a deep, genuine collaboration between the Houses of Rolls-Royce and Hermès, in which designers, materials specialists and skilled craftspeople worked side by side to create a truly one-of-a-kind Phantom. It has been an extraordinary privilege to unite on such a creatively challenging, technically demanding commission and bring our client’s remarkable vision so beautifully to life.”