Rolls-Royce unveils Black Badge Cullinan Blue Shadow

By CARSIFU | 1 June 2023

LONDON: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has unveiled its Black Badge Cullinan 'Blue Shadow' private collection.

In a statement, the luxury British automaker said all 62 examples have been allocated to clients worldwide.

For this, Rolls-Royce designers were inspired by the Kármán Line, the invisible boundary 62 miles above the Earth's surface, where the planet’s atmosphere ends and outer space begins.

This transition from blue sky to the inky darkness of space is captured on Blue Shadow's unique painted fascia and door panels.

These were created using six layers of paint, combining five different shades of blue with a deep black hue to produce a mesmerizing three-dimensional effect.

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The final touch is a clear-coat layer incorporating blue and clear glass particles to add further depth and lustre – the ratio was precisely identified down to a fraction of a percent: it is exactly 0.05%.

The fascia is completed with a Bespoke clock, unique to the private collection, which features light blue anodized details and 'Blue Shadow' engraving.

The marque’s fabled Starlight Headliner features an intricate Moon embroidery, surrounded by an array of ‘stars’.

Representing the Moon's surface with its multitude of craters in three dimensions, the embroidery incorporates five different colours of thread.

In total, the embroidery iscreated from 250,000 separate stitches – a process that takes two entire days to complete.

The Starlight Headliner contains a total of 1,183 ‘stars’ – 799 white and 384 blue – each individually placed in the leather canvas through perforated holes, precisely chalked and punched by hand.

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In a first for Rolls-Royce, the front and rear seats feature a unique perforated artwork, inspired by the view of Earth from space.

These perforations are made in two different sizes: the smaller (just 0.8 mm in diameter) form the land, while the slightly larger (1.2 mm) define the sea; the blank spaces of leather in between represent the clouds.

Each seat has over 75,000 perforations, all individually placed.

"In creating Blue Shadow, the Bespoke Collective of designers, engineers and craftspeople captured this spirit by embarking on their own voyage of discovery, once again pushing the boundaries of craftsmanship, ” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

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