From a fusion of the East and West, Rolls-Royce has created a Phantom in collaboration with Hermes. Known as the Phantom Oribe, it was created to reflect the personality and passion of its owner, Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa.
The car’s striking two-tone exterior is inspired by the green and cream glazes of antique Japanese Oribe ware, of which Maezawa is a prominent collector. The upper part is finished in Oribe Green, a fully Bespoke colour created exclusively for the client; in an unusual move, Rolls-Royce has made the paint available for use on the client’s private jet the Phantom will be paired with.
Developed over many months by specialists in the Surface Finish Centre at Goodwood, it perfectly captures the lustrous, deep-green glaze of the 16th century ceramics. The effect is beautifully completed by the cream-white lower section.
As for the interior, it’s finished in Hermès Enea Green leather as seen on the dashboard, steering wheel, duchess handles, gear selector and the rotary controls for the motor car’s climate settings.
Even the glove compartment and luggage compartment lining, centre console, decanter stowage compartment and Champagne cooler of the Phantom is lined with the good stuff from Hermès.
Hermès’ delicate craftsmanship can also be seen on the seat piping, the headrest cushions and calf supports of the rear seats, while soft Seashell White accents and matching lambswool floor mats create a sense of light and space throughout.
The wooden speaker covers were created using Open Pore Royal Walnut wood while the interior features Hermès ‘Toile H’ canvas – the same stuff they use to make their handbags – on the door armrests, centre and rear consoles and, most notably, the signature headliner.
The famous Hermès horse motif is hand-painted on Open Pore Royal Walnut wood and is presented behind a glass, as if it were displayed in an art gallery.