If there was a stand that shone with its own light in the Paris Motor Show, that was the scenario that Rolls-Royce signed. The British firm did not skimp on resources and decided to take four units there, among which the spectacular and new Rolls-Royce Phantom Metropolitan Collection and the even more exclusive Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection. Luxury, quality and excess went hand in hand, offering an authentic visual and sensory experience for all who came to its glass enclosure.
On the ground floor of pavilion number 5 of the exhibition center that serves as the setting for the Paris Motor Show, next to the signatures BMW Y MINI, Rolls-Royce built the smallest of these three firms, but offering a display of such magnitude that they made their sister firms a mere showcase to pass through without even stopping. Knowing the level of involvement that Rolls-Royce has acquired with the limited editions, seeing the last two of these creations live and direct seemed like an impossible event. Luckily it was not so.
Oddly enough, one of the aspects that most caught my attention was none other than discovering that none of those present asked about performance, power or, simply, what was under the hood of any of these Rolls-Royces. All the visitors I met while I was at the Rolls stand, only alluded to qualities, the interior design, the abundance of materials and, of course, the famous umbrellas that are installed as standard and conveniently camouflaged on every model signed by Rolls-Royce.
The undisputed star of the stand was none other than the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection, and it was due to its striking “Maggiore Blue” color stamp and its independent location in front of the other three Rolls that made it an impossible claim. to overlook. Such was the degree of success of this unit, that it was very common to see executives from other manufacturers come to learn more about this model live and direct.
While the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection takes a more sporty and playful approach for the enjoyment of just 35 lucky owners, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Metropolitan Collection is the embodiment of luxury that can only be conceived in the big city, surrounded by streets bustling crammed with traffic and Cartier shops.
The Metropolitan Collection edition is inspired by the metropolises and the artistic side that made the 1930s so special. Only 20 custom-made units that will delight all those tycoons looking for the perfect symbiosis between the most exquisite of luxuries and sobriety and gray tones of the metropolis.
The classicism exhibited by Rolls-Royce continues to be its main hallmark. Many details continue to remind us why Rolls-Royce remains a work of art on four wheels. Numerous nods to the past such as the thin rim of its steering wheel, the opposite opening of its doors or the aforementioned umbrella, continue to make Rolls-Royce a firm through which time passes at a slower and more elegant pace. It would be easy to describe a Rolls in hundreds of images and all different, but still we would always overlook some detail that would speak of history, tradition and craftsmanship.