Charles Rolls and Sir Henry Royce founded Rolls-Royce in 1906 with the promise of providing customers with custom luxury and the finest of attention to detail. Though Charles died shortly after the company was founded, neither could have lived to see what would become of the fantastic company, which still follows their founding dreams and traditions to this day. With the purchase of Rolls-Royce by BMW in 1999, the combined companies created a masterpiece of Rolls-Royce’s luxury, paired with BMW’s engineering, to make history for Rolls-Royce and introduce a new chapter to their story.
On Jan. 1, 2003, sometime around midnight, the first Phantom was presented to its owner. With cries of Auld Lang Syne was a night that the Rolls-Royce Motor Company holds dear as the start of a huge step toward continued success. The Phantom became an easy best seller for the company, and was the first offspring of their collaboration with BMW.
A decade later, this old acquaintance has not been forgotten and is celebrated with the Celestial Phantom with high performing luxury that takes attention to detail to a prestigious new level. They quite literally reached back in time and crafted a one-off Phantom out of the night they hold so dear.
“This highly Bespoke luxury motor car is the perfect way for us to celebrate our first decade of production at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England. The peerless design and craftsmanship employed in creating these one-of-a-kind masterpieces ensures the marque’s rightful place as purveyor of the very finest luxury goods in the world,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös in a Sept. 10 Press Release
Outside of the Celestial Phantom is the styling, elegance, and very spirit that Rolls-Royce has come to be known for. The color scheme blends particles of glass into the paint and merges it with a color meant to represent the night sky to create a deep, timeless work of art. Approaching the one-of-a-kind Phantom stirs emotion, right up until you step inside and feel yourself fall back into a lavishing state of comfort. It’s impossible to ignore the feeling that you have stepped into the driver’s seat of the first Phantom to leave the manufacturing plant that very night.
Upon stepping inside, you find the finest of hand stitched leather, said to be in the hue of ‘Dusk’ to represent the night sky on that special night. But to truly bring that sky over your head, Rolls-Royce Motor Company travelled to the South Downs Planetarium in Sussex, United Kingdom, to verify the exact constellation on the very night the first a Phantom wafted through the shadows. Once they had the exact alignment of the stars that lit up that special night, they proceeded to hand stitch thousands of “stars” made from fiber optic lights into the headliner.
The detail continues in the backseat, where the glassware and casing are hand-engraved and placed to perfectly to reflect the stars, along with Rolls-Royce’s famed picnic set. And, if all of this didn’t strike your fancy quite strongly enough, the divider’s clock in the rear is set with four diamonds.
Never before has such attention to detail been so intricately embedded within the entirety of a car, and never before have such immaculate levels of pristine luxury been reached. It’s no surprise to us that Rolls-Royce are the ones to do it, but the fact that they were able to reach such unimaginable levels brings true meaning to the old Les Brown phrase, “shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”