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News Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Turns Time Into an (Expensive) Illusion

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Turns Time Into an (Expensive) Illusion

Time keeps on slipping, into a Rolls-Royce

  • Starlight Headliner upgraded with Pulsar roof and doors

  • Timeless Roller Limited to just 20 units


Rolls-Royce is once again doing what it does best. Making small-volume vehicles that set new bars for what is possible when it comes to opulence and the automobile. This time it’s the Phantom Tempus collection, in which the automaker acknowledges the meaningless nature of time over the last year, but in a way that is a tribute for those who see money the same way.

They’ve done that starting with taking away something that the brand is known for having. The clock. In place of the standard timepiece is a new gallery artwork entitled “Frozen Flow of Time.” It’s a solid piece of billet aluminum that’s been milled to form 100 individually contoured columns, each one black anodised and hand-polished, meant to represent the 100-million-year spin of a pulsar star. Rolls says the clock “is deliberately omitted to signify patrons’ freedom from time and its limitations.” Sounds nice.

The paintwork is a new finish, Kairos Blue, that’s meant to give the illusion of the darkness and mystery of space. The colour includes blue mica flakes meant to glitter like the starts. From her usual place of prominence on the hood of the Phantom, the Spirit of Ecstasy can be personalised with a date and location of significance to the owner. Rolls suggests a marriage, birth of a child, or a business success as a timeless reminder.

Forget the Starlight Headliner, though that’s still here it’s been upgraded to become the Pulsar Headliner, representing those starts. It carries over onto the doors, which also have the look of the headliner, though it’s from illuminated perforations in the leather for a special look.

Just 20 Phantom Tempus models will be built, all already sold (of course). Buyers will get a Tempus Champagne Chest that has hand-painted pulsar artwork, thermal flasks for champagne and caviar, and a mother of pearl spoon.

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