Rolls-Royce Phantom "Serenity" Blossoms in Geneva
Rolls gives the Phantom an even fancier interior.
Rolls-Royce showed off yet another one-off creation at this week's Geneva motor show, but unlike all of those other ones, the "Serenity" boasts a whole other level of luxury that we haven't yet seen in a Phantom.
Inspired by "Rolls-Royces that have conveyed Kings and Queens, Emperors and Empresses and world leaders throughout history," the car's interior features several intricate details that take cues from Japanese silk robes and European furniture. Inside, the car swathed in plenty of silk materials, while a large blossom tree motif splayed on the headliner creates a tranquil space for rear passengers. All the silk found inside Serenity's interior came from China, where the thread was hand-dyed then woven into about 33 feet of fabric, which Rolls-Royce says was enough to clothe the Phantom's interior. The blossom tree motif, inspired by emperors' private gardens, was then embroidered onto the silk thread. Craftspeople first embroidered the copper-colored branches and white petals and later hand-painted each crimson blossom directly onto the silk.
Taking cues from modern furniture design, rear passenger seats are elevated into a "powerful seating position" with Arctic White leather seats and Smoked Cherrywood trim all over. Bamboo is also used in the car's interior, as well as Mother of Pearl that has been used to create the petals on the blossom tree on the door panels. Up front, hand-applied rubies appear on the analog clock and gauges, which also use Mother of Pearl on their faces. Even the trunk compartment was given the high-class treatment with the same white leather found inside the car and Arctic white carpet.
Outside, Serenity features the most expensive one-off paint ever produced by the automaker. The paint features a three-stage pearl effect and was hand-polished for 12 hours to create its unique shimmer effect. The blossom tree motif has also been hand-painted on some areas of Serenity's exterior.
"With Serenity we have pushed the boundaries of the concept of Bespoke. We have taken luxury to a new level. The car transcends being a form of transportation and becomes a work of art, demonstrating the constant striving for perfection and an unparalleled pursuit of sourcing the finest materials for the world's best motor car," said one of the car's designers.
Check out Rolls-Royce's rolling work of art in the photos below.