Rolls-Royce has debuted the one-off Phantom Inspired by Cinque Terre special edition, pays homage to the mesmerizing beauty and rich viticultural heritage of the Italian Riviera. The Cinque Terre – Italian for ’Five Lands’ – lies on the rugged coast of Liguria in northern Italy. Perched on the cliffside, the centuries-old fishing villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are internationally famous for their steeply terraced vineyards overlooking the Mediterranean.
The luxury sedan is painted in a deep, rich Ligurian blue, sporting a hand-applied double coastline in Navy Blue and Jasmine, completed with a grapes motif, which is a nod to the region’s winemaking culture. Meanwhile, the cabin of the Rolls-Royce Phantom is dipped in Grace White and Navy Blue with Jasmine accents.
The timeless interior, combining Grace White and Navy Blue leather with Jasmine accents, is adorned with a delicate grape-branch embroidery on the rear doors. Each piece comprises 9,215 stitches made using two different techniques. The grapes are embroidered in satin stitch, with the threads carefully aligned according to the angle at which light strikes the surface to give each individual grape a lifelike tone and lustrous quality. For the grape leaf, the Bespoke Collective employed a flatter tatami stitch, which provides a textural contrast and enhances the embroidery’s tactile qualities.
The Starlight Headliner, a feature that has come to identify with the Rolls-Royce luxury marque, is now going the Italian way: it displays the outline of Italy’s map, with five glowing stars positioned by hand to represent the five Cinque Terre villages. There are 14,338 individual stitches embroidered up there. This part of the customization took more than a month.
The Gallery within the motor car’s expansive fascia houses a spectacular, specially commissioned artwork, which captures the colours, architecture and vibrant character of Cinque Terre. Representing an imagined amalgamation of elements from all five cliffside villages, the composition was first sketched digitally, then airbrushed by hand using water-based acrylic paint to achieve an incredibly fine level of detail, before being finished with multiple coats of clear lacquer. The painting’s focal features are carefully positioned within the Gallery to ensure their exquisite details can be admired easily by all the motor car’s occupants.
Phantom ‘Inspired by Cinque Terre’ has found its place in the collection of a discerning client who recognizes the rarity and uniqueness of this commission. This extraordinary motor car will never be replicated, making it a true collector’s item and a lasting tribute to the enchanting allure of Cinque Terre.
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