MACAU: Two highly Bespoke gold infused Rolls-Royce Phantoms will become the flagships of the 30-strong collection of Phantoms at the remarkable The 13 hotel in Macau.
The 30 Bespoke Phantoms represent the largest single commission in Rolls-Royce history, and were commissioned by luxury entrepreneur Stephen Hung, joint chairman of The 13 Holdings Ltd.
The two highly Bespoke gold infused creations are reserved for the hotel’s most important guests.
Identified by the inclusion of 24 carat gold on both the exterior and interior, the two distinctive motor cars will be heralded as the finest in the fleet and at the time of commissioning, the most expensive Rolls-Royce Phantoms ever built.
One of the car’s defining features is an exterior finish enhanced with the finest particles of 23.75 carat gold.
The result is the most expensive and meticulously engineered paint the marque has ever produced.
The Surface Finish Centre at the Rolls-Royce Global Centre of Excellence in Goodwood installed new and specialist equipment to ensure no contamination could occur during the painting of the two motor cars.
The finish uses 250% more paint than other Phantoms, resulting in an impressive 10 layers, one of which consists of a 40 micron deep layer of Gold, combined with glass and aluminium to provide an alluring shimmer.
Rolls-Royce material scientist, Nick Geehan, commented, “The finish took eight attempts to mix the perfect colour; an apt number when considering the significance of lucky number eight in Macau.”
An uplit 24 carat gold-plated Spirit of Ecstasy, the graceful figurine who proudly guides every Rolls-Royce, sits atop a gold-coloured Pantheon Grille and hallmarked Rolls-Royce badge, made using 97.1gms of 18ct gold before being plated in 24 carat gold to match the interior gold highlights.
Vitreous enamel is used to form the signature RR emblem and is surrounded by 336 pavé set brilliant-cut diamonds.
A golden twin coachline is hand-painted by Mark Court, Rolls-Royce’s resident expert coachline painter, using a fine squirrel hair paintbrush.
Within the coach doors, renowned Rolls-Royce umbrellas are also personalised by incorporating a gold handle and a golden trim to match the colour themes of the hotel.
Gold tread plates engraved with ‘PHANTOM Specially Commissioned by Stephen Hung’ remind occupants of the distinctive origins of these remarkable motor cars.