Macau’s the 13 hotel is getting two new additions to its fleet of Rolls-Royce cars. The new cars are bespoke creations that will be reserved for VIPs and distinguished guests. If you’re wondering what makes them so special, it’s the addition of 24 carat gold on both the exterior and interior. At the time of their commissioning, they were the most expensive Rolls Royces ever built.
The defining feature of the cars is an exterior finish that dazzles with fine particles of 23.75 carat gold, a weight chosen for even disbursement, achieving a perfectly executed finish. The resultant paint job is the most expensive and meticulously engineered paint the marque has ever produced. The finish uses 250% more paint than other Phantoms, 10 layers of paint are applied, each of which consists of a 40 micron deep layer of Gold, combined with glass and aluminum to provide an alluring shimmer.
Other details include the 24 carat gold-plated Spirit of Ecstasy, the figurine that graces every Rolls-Royce, set atop a gold-coloured Pantheon Grille and hallmarked Rolls-Royce badge, created with 97.1gms of 18ct gold before being plated in 24 carat gold to match the interior gold highlights. Vitreous enamel has been used to create the 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.
Inside, Rolls-Royce umbrellas are on hand to protect occupants from a sudden downpour or awaiting paparazzi. These umbrellas are also personalized by with a gold handle and a golden trim to match the color themes of the hotel. Gold tread plates engraved with ‘PHANTOM Specially Commissioned by Stephen Hung’ adorn the cars.
Giles Taylor, Director of Design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, stated, “A Rolls-Royce motor car is commissioned to express the tastes, desires and lifestyle of its patron. It is testament to the skill of the artisans that so elegantly express their craft at our Global Centre of Excellence in Goodwood, that this bold and technically challenging design scheme has been executed so perfectly.”