High rollers are an odd bunch

Riley Riley

For high rollers part of the deal in buying a Rolls Royce is the ability to customise the car in just about any way you want.

If you were spending  more than $1 million on the purchase of a car, you’d probably want to do the same thing.

Rolls is happy to oblige, provided you’ve got the dough and what you’re asking for is within the terms of the law.

Fast forward to the well-heeled Swedish bloke with a passion for flowers who has commissioned a Phantom with a difference.

The Stockholm businessman, who Rolls refers to as “the Patron”, wanted to immerse the occupants of his car in a beguiling floral scene.

The result, says Rolls, is a sanctuary of true luxury, a vision of flowers — created with a million embroidered stitches.

The Rose Garden at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, served as the main inspiration for designer Ieuan Hatherall.

You see this garden is the only place in the world where the Phantom Rose is grown, bred exclusively for Rolls-Royce by British Rose Breeder Philip Harkness.

The Peacock Blue exterior of the so-called Rose Phantom is punctuated with a Charles Blue twinned-coachline that intertwines organically like the stem of a rose, combining to introduce the rose motif — an indication of both the colours and the treatment within.

The wheels echo the design and are embellished with a twinned pinstripe, also in Charles Blue.

The first indication of what is to come can be found on the inside of the rear doors, but it is not until you enter the cabin that the extent of the satin stitch creation becomes apparent.

The Phantom Rose is illustrated in varying stages of maturity, from bud to full bloom, in an asymmetrical design that appears to grow across the roof lining, from the rear of the car.

The marque’s fabled starlight headliner illuminates the scene as the roses are interspersed with individually placed fibre-optic lights.

Serenity Seating with a soft calf rest cushion adopts the inverted colour scheme of the exterior, with a sumptuous Charles Blue leather accented with Peacock Blue piping.

From the rear one can admire Phantom’s Gallery, created as a centrepiece of the interior.

Stems of embroidered roses climb through the glass fronted fascia, providing a spectacle for occupants.

At the request of the patron, colour is introduced in the form of Peacock and Adonis Blue butterflies, imbuing movement to the elegant motif.

The patron’s family also played a creative role; his wife designed the umbrellas while his daughter, Magnolia, defined the exterior colour of the car.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chief Torsten Müller Ötvös  described the Rose Phantom as a stunning iteration of a contemporary Rolls-Royce.

“When I look at creations like this car, it is with a sense of pride that I know that these skills could not be replicated anywhere else in the world,” he said.

“This is undoubtedly one of the greatest Rolls-Royce Phantoms of its generation.”

The patron commented: “I wanted to have flowers and roses everywhere. It became an amazing piece of art.

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