Rolls-Royce Celebrates London Craft Week

As the capital prepares for the creativity and innovation showcased by both British artisans and international designers during Rolls-Royce London Craft Week which celebrates its decennial anniversary, Rolls-Royce has once again taken the opportunity to demonstrate its mastery of craft by curating three bespoke pieces to be exhibited in the marque’s flagship Mayfair showroom.

The works pay homage to the iconic landmarks of London, a city that lies at the heart of the carmaker’s origins. They embody the contrasting codes of contemporary style and traditional architecture that have become synonymous with the capital over the years.

Widely considered a global luxury hub, London is not only home to many a Rolls-Royce connoisseur but also the former residence of Charles Stewart Rolls, who himself was born in Mayfair. Thus, it seems the ideal choice to inspire the pieces that will be shown for the duration of Craft Week from the 13th to the 19th of May.

Discover the objets d’art below:

London Bonnet

A matrimony of two icons, Rolls-Royce’s Exterior Surface Centre have adorned a map of London on the bonnet of a Phantom.

Amongst the marque’s most recognisable models, Phantom’s commanding presence as a luxury automobile has seen it act as an iconic emblem for the carmaker since its inauguration back in the 1920’s to its current generation unveiled back in 2017.

An ode to the meticulous detail in the production of the marque’s vehicles, the bonnet took over 100 hours to complete, some 20 coats of paint, and the sketching of a single artist.

Reminiscent of Rolls-Royce’s bespoke programs, the bonnet was painted in a base coat of Andalusian White, coated in a crystal clearcoat and then the outline of London was sketched by a single artist.

A colour gradient technique was used to airbrush the piece and allude to a focus on Mayfair, creating a mural-like impression of London’s most treasured landmarks. Finishing touches included the application of gold leaf and a ‘London’ motif.

 

Picnic Table:

If picnic tables were a work of art, they would take the form of the magnificent example produced by Goodwood’s own Interior Surface Centre, one artisan who spent a painstaking 50 hours cutting, assembling and pressing the tessellated pieces that comprise the table.

A marvel of intricacy, the yellow lacquered piece continues the theme of London landmarks, which are subtly depicted with a clock reminiscent of Big Ben.

 

London Icons Door Card:

The Interior Trim Centre imagined the third work of art created for Craft Week which sees a Rolls-Royce door card undergo a bespoke transformation to create a contemporary adaptation of London’s architecture.

Exemplifying the marque’s use of fine materials, the door card is dressed in the most exquisite leather with a vibrant Turchese as the base colour on one side of the door and a layer of Scivaro Grey over the top. Cleverly composed, the perforations on the grey create the illusion of the River Thames as the Turchese peers through.

7,700 perforations are featured across the door card, and a focal point is a splash of Lime Green revealed by the grey perforations, in a nod to the Capital’s skyline.

Cars, Style and Glamour at Salon Privé

The fabulous garden party bringing together the rarest classic automobiles, alongside the most anticipated new launches, supercars and world-class luxury lifestyle, returned to its stunning backdrop of Blenheim Palace for another year of debuts and the coveted Salon Privé Concours.

Opening the show this year was Aston Martin’s DB12 Volante, which made its European debut alongside some of the marque’s most prized models to date, which all take pride of place as Aston Martin’s 110th-anniversary celebrations continued. Guests were treated to a rare glimpse of cars that formed the carmaker’s history, and highlights included the 1920s Bamford & Martin, a 1958 DB4, a DB5 Goldfinger and 1980s Vantage.

Joining Aston in making debuts was Electrogenic, who unveiled its latest bespoke electric creation, a 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II. Fully converted to an electric engine with a range of around 150 miles, the motoring icon has been future-proofed with its new dynamics and was presented at this year’s show.

The highlight of this year’s show was undoubtedly the crowning of Lord Bamford’s 1937 Bugatti Type 57S by Corsica, which won this year’s Salon Privé Concours presented by Aviva.

Other notable happenings this year included showcases by Lamborghini of its new Revuelo and showcases of its V12, V10 and V8 models and a very glamourous affair during Boodles Ladies Day, which saw women wear their best hat to be in with the chance of winning a piece of Boodles jewellery.

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Text by Jaz Grewal

 

The Maserati Levante

 

Embodying all the luxury aspects synonymous with a Maserati and the practicality of a five-seater SUV, the 2022 Model of the Maserati Levante is the most refined sport utility vehicle the marque has produced to date. Visually striking, the instantly recognisable feature of the Levante is undoubtedly its front grille, which bares the now hallmark tuning fork design that has appeared across Maserati’s other models of late and features the emblematic trident badge.

Available in three different trims, GT, Modena and the marque’s performance-driven Trofeo trim, each offers a different take on the Levante to suit your style and adapt to the needs of today’s urban driver.

Perhaps the gentlest in the range is the GT Hybrid; its mild yet punchy two-litre four-cylinder engine has a pioneering belt starter generator that recovers energy at the push of the brake and reduces overall consumption, all without compromising the unmistakeable Maserati performance.

Next in the line-up is the Modena, which is slightly sportier than its GT counterpart and is kitted out with a 350-hp V6 petrol engine, which has been made eco-friendly with the addition of a start-stop function. Reaching 0-100 km/h in an impressive 5.2 seconds, it has a top speed of 264km/h and despite its bitey and undeniably Maserati-sounding engine, it’s also surprisingly fuel-efficient with 11.8L lasting 100km. Looks-wise, the athletic aesthetic of Modena is subtly amplified by its sporty bumper and 20” alloy wheels which are complemented by sleek leather sports seats and a piano black trim.

The pièce de résistance of the line is the Trofeo, the ultimate embodiment of Maserati’s high performance; the Trofeo trim is a staple across the Trident’s different models and symbolises its motoring excellence. The Levante Trofeo is no exception with its twin-turbo V8 engine, carbon fibre styling, a full-grain leather interior and 21” alloys. Assembled in Ferrari’s Maranello plant, the engine of this supercar-come-SUV is based on Maserati’s Quattroporte GTS and is powered by 580bhp, making it the fastest model of the Levante range.

Amongst the most technically advanced vehicles the marque has produced to date, other additions include its Corsa mode, which has been designed to enable faster shifts and to optimise the all-wheel drive refined exclusively for the Levante Trofeo.

 

Words by Jaz Grewal