It was a big week for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars with the explosion of color at Monterey Car Week and the debut of Michael Fux’s vibrant orange bespoke Cullinan. And while we’re still at awe at the luxury car brands newest colorful collection, we couldn’t be more excited for the famed collector and his new addition to the family. Here’s a closer look at the reveals and surprises that happened over the week.
On the sunny sands of Pebble Beach, Rolls-Royce rolled out its most colorful collection yet, which includes 13 beautiful bespoke commissions offered exclusively for clients attending Monterey Car Week 2019. Inspired by the hills, sand, and sea surrounding Pebble Beach, the ‘Pebble Beach 2019 Collection’ features a shimmering black diamond and gold bespoke exterior and the Rolls-Royce Phantom Gallery on the inside. The gallery is designed to house personalized art making the Phantom an extension of its owner’s art and design collection. The ‘Pebble Beach 2019 Pastel Collection’ showcases the creative color capabilities of the artisan designers in Goodwood, Home of Rolls-Royce. The Pastel Collection draws upon painter’s palette of colors from this year’s ‘wildflower superbloom’ on the Monterey Peninsula. The collection includes three one-of-one Black Badge Commissions adding new colors to the Rolls-Royce Bespoke palette and reaffirming the idea that a Rolls-Royce Black Badge doesn’t have to be black.
The collection starts with Ghost Black Badge in Light Green Solid, a new Bespoke exterior finish. The pastel green represents the rebirth of the flora on the peninsula following the years of drought and fire. The hand-crafted leather interior is Black with a striking Serenity Green splash highlighting the iconic Black Badge technical Fiber.
The drophead creation among the collection is Dawn Black Badge in Coral Solid which showcases the Bespoke finish that can only come after seven coats of paint and more than nine hours of hand polishing in the Surface Finish Centre at the Home of Rolls-Royce, Goodwood. The new pastel color carries over to the Bespoke Aero Cowling, giving Dawn a colorful yet aggressive exterior. The Dawn Black Badge interior is finished in Arctic White and Sunset carrying over the visual imagery of the blooming northern California hills and valleys.
The final piece of the trio is Wraith Black Badge in Semaphore Yellow, a bright and sunny finish for the most powerful member of the Rolls-Royce family. Wraith Black Badge features a Selby Grey and Lemon interior with the iconic Rolls-Royce Black Badge Starlight Headliner. The ‘Rolls-Royce 2019 Pastel Collection’ presents Black Badge unlike you’ve ever seen before.
Another surprise during the week was the unveiling of a bright-colored Cullinan. Car Collector, Michael Fux, received his twelfth Bespoke Rolls-Royce commission, which was unveiled at ‘The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.’ The debut of the spectacularly colorful commission attracted eyes with its Fux Orange Color— the tenth time the brand developed and reserved a color carrying the name of the prolific patron of Bespoke. Unveiled by Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the commission was the highlight of the Rolls-Royce celebration at The Quail and Monterey Car Week, one of the hallmark annual gatherings for global luxury collectors worldwide.
“Michael is a true patron of our Rolls-Royce Bespoke artistry. He has continually brought us color challenges ranging from exterior finishes to perfect color matching for a variety of materials throughout his creations. For more than a decade, my team has never failed to deliver for him and the brand. He has created a collection of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars that will grace the lawn of Pebble Beach and Concours around the world for the next century.” Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
The exterior features black Cullinan wheels and pinstripe wheel centers in the bright ‘Fux Orange,’ while the interior is decked in hand-crafter Arctic White leather with offsetting orange stitching and Orange Rolls-Royce ‘RRs’ on the headrests. Arctic White is carried over to the luxurious box grain leather fascia, steering wheel control stems, and carpets. The designers brought color contrast with ‘Fux Orange’ finished fascia veneer, rear-view mirror and lambswool floor mats. The contrast of white and color showcased the artisanship with exacting standards for the Rolls-Royce craftspeople.