Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa Commissions a Bespoke Rolls-Royce and Hermès Phantom

In a one-of-a-kind partnership with Hermès, Rolls-Royce has co-created a marvellous Bespoke Phantom for Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa.

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The car’s striking two-tone exterior is reminiscent of the green and cream glazes used on antique Japanese Oribe ware, which Maezawa-san collects.

The upper section is painted in Oribe Green, a completely custom colour designed for the client; in an unprecedented development, Rolls-Royce has made the paint available for use on the client’s private aircraft, on which the Phantom will be combined.

It was created over several months by experts at Goodwood’s Surface Finish Centre, and it ideally reflects the lustrous, deep-green glaze that distinguishes these 16th-century ceramics.

“This magnificent expression of our pinnacle product represents a landmark for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, bringing together two houses with more than three centuries’ combined experience and heritage,” Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said.

“It is the result of a deep, genuine collaboration between the Houses of Rolls-Royce and Hermès, in which designers, materials specialists and skilled craftspeople worked side by side to create a truly one-of-a-kind Phantom. It has been an extraordinary privilege to unite on such a creatively challenging, technically demanding commission and bring our client’s remarkable vision so beautifully to life,” he concluded.

The interior is mostly decorated in Hermès Enea Green leather, with Hermès Enea Green leather applying to features such as the steering wheel, duchess handles, gear selector, and rotary controls for the motor car’s temperature settings.

Soft Seashell White accents and complementary lambswool floor mats establish a feeling of light and space inside, while delicate Hermès piping adorns the headrest cushions and calf supports of the rear benches.

The Open Pore Royal Walnut veneer applied to the doors is carefully perforated to create wooden speaker frets with a seamless, textured aesthetic and delicate haptics. The centre and rear consoles, as well as the picnic table backs, are all finished in Open Pore Royal Walnut.

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Maezawa enjoys a net worth of $3.6 billion. Zozotown, an online fashion store, is primarily responsible for his success. Image: Rolls-Royce

Hermès commissioned an artwork based on a design by the renowned French artist and illustrator Pierre Péron (1905–1988), who created many of the House’s signature scarves, for Phantom’s Gallery, a feature exclusive to Rolls-Royce that runs the length of the motor car’s fascia.

Hand-painted on Open Pore Royal Walnut and framed behind glass as if staged in an art gallery, the piece is influenced by the iconic Hermès horse motif.


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