The Serenity Phantom: Rolls-Royce’s New Million-Dollar Baby
The Rolls-Royce Serenity Phantom gave attendees of the 2015 Geneva Motor Show a lesson in art history and a preview of what the future of high-end automobile design may look like. The latest Phantom Series II project from Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke Design team features an interior—including upholstery—made from 33 feet of handwoven and hand-dyed silk fabric in Rolls-Royce’s singular Smoke Green. Hand-embroidered with cherry-blossom branches and petals and then painted by hand, each panel took up to 600 hours to complete.
Its design is inspired by the centuries-old Japanese jūnihitoe, a 12-layer silk robe often worn by women of prominence. The seat trim, door and dash fascias, and the center console are smoked cherrywood with bamboo crossbanding. Hand-applied mother-of-pearl is used to create the petal accents on doors. Up front, white leather seats and instrument dials set with mother-of-pearl and rubies may make it hard for drivers to keep their eyes on the road. Serenity’s inner beauty extends outside with a three-stage application of mother-of-pearl paint that is polished for 12 hours to reach the appropriate level of incandescence.
In addition to the design, its 8-speed automatic gearbox, rear differential, and direct-injection V-12 engine give the one-off Serenity its grace, power, and $1 million price tag. (rolls-roycemotorcars.com)