In celebration of the Lunar New Year, Rolls-Royce has announced an exclusive homage to Chinese culture by unveiling its Year of the Dragon Bespoke commissions. Crafted at the iconic Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, these exclusive creations transcend cultural boundaries, celebrating the essence of Chinese culture through meticulous artistry and design. The result is a harmonious blend of luxury, tradition, and innovation that pays homage to the powerful symbolism of the dragon.
The collection is comprised of three Phantom Extended models and one Cullinan model, each integrating the dragon’s symbolic properties of power, prosperity and success. All of them boast a coachline hand-painted in Phoenix Red with the subtle incorporation of a dragon motif on the front fenders. Each dragon faces right, a symbolic representation of facing east, the direction of the rising sun. The artistic centerpiece of each vehicle is a hand-painted dragon on the front passenger panels, brought to life through a meticulous process that spans over two weeks. The artwork utilizes a layered technique to create a three-dimensional effect, achieved by applying multiple hues of red, each meticulously lacquered to perfection.
The rear Piano Black picnic tables in three of the commissions feature a minimalist interpretation of the Chinese zodiac calendar inlaid in stainless steel, featuring Chinese calligraphy and a gold dragon. The Bespoke Starlight Headliner, a dramatic expression of the mythical creature, boasts 677 individually placed fiber-optic ‘stars’ forming an abstract dragon motif, a result of three months of meticulous design and development.
Finally, Goodwood reveals that each Gallery artwork crafted from carbon fiber, protected behind pure glass and running seamlessly across the fascia. The interior is further enhanced with Bespoke lambswool carpets, color-matched to the leather trim, creating a cohesive and luxurious atmosphere. As for exteriors, Rolls-Royce wasn’t playing it safe. Each model sports a unique color scheme, with options ranging from Cherry Red over Selby Grey to a bold Silver and Cherry Red duo, or a sleek monolithic Black.
Rolls-Royce’s ‘Year of the Dragon’ commissions are more than just cars, they’re moving works of art, ready to take on the world one luxurious mile at a time.