Rolls-Royce Wraith Lu­mi­nary Col­lec­tion | AU­TO­MO­BILE

Upscale Living Magazine - - Content - | BY ALINA ROSA LEYVA

In a bold ex­pres­sion of dy­namic lux­ury, and in re­sponse to an on­go­ing global de­mand for Rolls-Royce Col­lec­tion Cars, the mar­que has cre­ated a Wraith Limited Col­lec­tion of just 55 of th­ese spec­tac­u­lar lux­ury ma­chines. Th­ese mo­tor cars join the highly ex­clu­sive ranks of col­lectible Be­spoke mas­ter­pieces, en­vi­sioned by the Rolls-Royce Be­spoke de­sign team and col­lected by Pa­trons of true lux­ury all over the world.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Rolls-Royce Mo­tor Cars, com­mented, “Wraith Lu­mi­nary is a stun­ning Col­lec­tion Car. It speaks di­rectly of our con­tem­po­rary Rolls-Royce brand – pro­gres­sive and trail­blaz­ing; the pin­na­cle in hand-crafted lux­ury. This is a mo­tor car that cel­e­brates vi­sion­ar­ies who achieve em­i­nence in their re­spec­tive fields. In­deed, this col­lec­tion is for the world’s luminaries.”

The heady shade of the golden hour’s sun­rays in­spire this newly de­vel­oped ex­te­rior paint, Sun­burst Grey. One is met by a flat grey that en­livens when awo­ken by the sun, rich cop­per tones, emit­ting a deep emo­tive warmth. Fur­ther in­trigue is added by a hand-painted Sun­burst Mo­tif coach­line, hand-painted Wake Chan­nel Lines on Wraith’s bon­net and pin­stripes ap­plied to the wheel cen­tres, each in Sad­dlery Tan, bear­ing ref­er­ence to the colour­way of the in­te­rior leather.

En­ergy cour­ses through this highly charged edi­tion of Wraith. On open­ing the coach doors, one is met by a state­ment of mod­ern lux­ury, as light flows from the front into the rear pas­sen­ger com­part­ment. The Col­lec­tion’s defin­ing fea­ture, Tu­dor Oak wood, sourced from the forests of the Czech Repub­lic, se­lected for its depth of colour and the den­sity of the grain struc­ture, is for the first time, il­lu­mi­nated. The light of 176 LEDs per­me­ates through an in­tri­cately per­fo­rated de­sign in the unique Tu­dor Oak ve­neer, al­low­ing a mes­mer­iz­ing pat­tern, rem­i­nis­cent of the trail­ing light of a shooting star, to lu­mi­nesce at the touch of a but­ton. Linked to the con­trols of the starlight head­liner, the cabin’s ve­neer sur­rounds Wraith’s oc­cu­pants in an am­bi­ent glow of light.

Speak­ing of shooting stars, the Rolls-Royce Be­spoke Col­lec­tive, a tal­ented group of en­gi­neers, de­sign­ers and crafts­peo­ple lo­cated at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Good­wood, West Sus­sex, have brought fur­ther theatre to the cabin of Lu­mi­nary in the form of bril­liant shooting stars. The prized Rolls-Royce starlight head­liner, a hand­wo­ven con­fig­u­ra­tion

of 1340 fi­bre op­tic lights which act as a glit­ter­ing night sky, takes a bold new step as it in­cor­po­rates shooting stars into the con­stel­la­tion; a play­ful dis­play of light that cre­ates won­der­ment and awe for the car’s pas­sen­gers.

Tak­ing nearly 20 hours to con­fig­ure, eight shooting stars fire at ran­dom, pre­dom­i­nantly over the front seats, in recog­ni­tion of Wraith’s owner-driver ap­peal.

Wraith Lu­mi­nary’s cock­pit is trimmed in Sad­dlery Tan, though the rear seats con­trast in An­thracite leather, thus high­light­ing the promi­nence of the driver’s po­si­tion. Con­trast pip­ing and stitch­ing mas­ter­fully marry the front aes­thetic to the rear. Al­ter­na­tively, a more dra­matic con­trast can be se­lected by spec­i­fy­ing Seashell coloured leather in the rear, both of which will be per­fectly co­a­lesced by the in­clu­sion of a two-tone steer­ing wheel.

The Rolls-Royce Be­spoke Col­lec­tive con­tin­u­ally seeks in­spi­ra­tion from ex­ter­nal trends and in­flu­ences. In a pro­gres­sive step, the ap­pli­ca­tion of hand-wo­ven stain­less steel fab­ric, a highly con­tem­po­rary and in­no­va­tive new tech­nique in lux­ury craft, is ap­pointed to the cen­tral trans­mis­sion tun­nel and door pan­niers, con­trast­ing the Tu­dor Oak wood and Sad­dlery Tan leather.

In­cor­po­rat­ing strands which are 0.08mm – 0.19mm in di­am­e­ter, this tech­ni­cal fi­bre is wo­ven in a pat­tern ori­ented at pre­cisely 45 de­grees, to com­ple­ment the lines of the in­te­rior and pro­vide a uni­form ap­pear­ance through­out the pas­sen­ger com­part­ment when viewed from ei­ther side. Tak­ing three days to pro­duce in a ‘clean room’ en­vi­ron­ment, the fab­ric is ma­nip­u­lated to cloak the cen­tre con­sole, mod­i­fied from use in an in­dus­trial en­vi­ron­ment to cre­ate a fin­ish be­fit­ting the in­te­rior of a Rolls-Royce mo­tor car, re­fract­ing the light of the unique il­lu­mi­nated pan­el­ing in the doors.

As a fi­nal touch, the car’s tread plates bear the prove­nance of this unique col­lec­tion.

Rolls-Royce is Be­spoke.

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