Last week we introduced you to the splendour that is the all-new Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II. But behind the ride and the experience was a room off of the entry hall of the Hotel Le Cap Estel that harboured the real talent of Rolls-Royce: its artisans.
First up is a charming chap called Tom, a certified cabinet-maker no less. It took some three years (if memory serves us right) for him to gain sufficient expertise to be able to work in the veneer department of Rolls-Royce. While the video clip will take you through exactly what he does, you only have to look at some of the photos to your right to understand the level of expertise, eye for detail and ability to deliver upon any request a customer may have, no matter how prodigal.
Next up is the lovely Kayla, who is a second-generation Rolls-Royce artisan. While she has a media degree – notice how smoothly she delivered on our rushed request for an introduction to what she does – what Kayla really loves to do is leather-work and stitching. We don’t need to tell you many varieties and combinations of leather, colour, stitching and embroidery work Rolls-Royce can offer up, but its Kayla’s graceful hands and smile that make it happen.
Last, but not least, is the rough-edged and very colourful Mark who is a coach liner, if you please. Now, you have to understand that the art of coach lining is extraordinary in that it is done entirely by hand, delivering a continuous line down the entire flank of your new Phantom Series II. Are his hands steady enough to deliver? Watch the short example in the clip and some samples of what he’s done for some more, ahem, extravagant clients and you’ll believe this chap could emerge from a 6-day bender and still stroke out flat-liners on the side of your Roller. Without so much as a single tremble.
While the Phantoms Series II was other-worldly, Tom, Kayla and Mark were absolutely, and completely, down-to-earth. They remind us all that the true magic that infuses Rolls-Royce sparkles forth from the loving, talented hands of its artisans.
Bless them all.
Feathers of ecstasy: The artisans behind the Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II
To soar, your wings need the finest, well-kept feathers. The artisans behind the new Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II more than deliver on the promise of the Spirit of Ecstasy. We introduce you to three of them.
Eric (AKA Straight-Six) had a proper job as a journalist for Dow Jones before lowering himself gently into the warm, forgiving waters of The Guide. He’s our resident fanatic: he relished detailing his BMW M3 for two full days at a time before crashing it at Eau Rouge in the wet; he spends insane amounts on his home-cinema system and has thrown tens of thousands of euros at vintage Rolex sports watches. The little fool simply does not understand the concept of restraint or the meaning of excess. He also – following a legendary "heavy" lunch – once nibbled (yes, like little dogs do) a dear lady friend of ours.
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