Only 70 Rolls-Royce units will be made available in the collection

Rolls-Royce has released a new collection of special edition models, called the Adamas Collection. Based on Black Badge editions of the Rolls-Royce Dawn and Wraith, the Adamas Collection puts a spotlight on what Rolls-Royce refers to as the “darker side of contemporary craftsmanship.” Only 70 units will be included in the Adamas Collection, distributed between 40 Black Badge Wraith units and 30 Black Badge Dawn models.

What Makes The Rolls-Royce Adamas Collection so Special?

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As far as the collection itself goes, Rolls-Royce describes it as one that celebrates the “darker side of contemporary craftsmanship”

If you’re looking for an automaker that knows how to turn special edition models into fine examples of art, you only need to look at what Rolls-Royce has done in recent years. Just last year, the British luxury brand introduced series of models inspired by the heritage and traditions of the Middle East. Remember the Phantom Drophead Coupe Inspired by Desert Rose? How about the Dawn Inspired by Pearling Tradition and the Phantom Coupe Inspired by Qasr-Al Hosn? When it comes to creating special edition models and collections, nobody does it quite like Rollers.

This, of course, brings us to the Adamas Collection. It takes its name from a word that can mean anything from ‘untameable’, ‘invincible’ and also ‘diamond.’ As far as the collection itself goes, Rolls-Royce describes it as one that celebrates the “darker side of contemporary craftsmanship” Basically, Rolls-Royce is embracing the color black, using it as the central theme of the Adamas Collection. You can see that in the way the application is used in the special edition Dawn and Wraith Black Badge models.

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There are two exterior paint finishes available, each coming in a two-tone setup

Take the exterior, for example. There are two exterior paint finishes available, each coming in a two-tone setup. There’s Aphrodite Red, which is a combination of red and black, and there’s Morpheus Blue, which is a combination of blue and red. According to Rolls, the two shades create an iridescent effect, emphasized in part by a deep color transition that extends throughout the body of the car. It’s pretty cool to look at in the photos; it might even be better in the flesh.

Using these two shades as the central element of the exterior details, Rolls-Royce added a number of black accents on top of the darkened accents that are already included in the models by virtue of them being Black Badge Edition units. The black grille vanes, for example, add another dark element to the already darkened front grille surround. Then there’s the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament, which is considered as one of the most important pieces of any Rolls-Royce model. Due to the limited edition nature of the Adamas Collection, the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament on the Adamas Collection was machined from 294 layers of aerospace-grade carbon fiber, a practice that takes up to 68 hours to produce for each figure. Imagine that, if there are 70 units in the Adamas Collection, Rolls-Royce spent 4,760 hours creating all the Spirit of Ecstasy ornaments that are included in the 70 special edition models. That’s almost 200 days, ladies and gentlemen.

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As extensive as the work is on the exterior of the Adamas Collection, it’s the same thing in the interior

As extensive as the work is on the exterior of the Adamas Collection, it’s the same thing in the interior. Customers also have a choice between two color schemes — Mandarin Orange and Cobalt Blue — for the cabin of their special edition Rolls. As if the colors don’t create an atmosphere of luxury on their own, Rolls-Royce is also 88 laboratory-grown diamonds form a Black Badge infinity symbol in the dashboard clock frame. The clock itself comes with a face that’s decorated with machined aluminum chaplets and a polished aluminum inner bezel. For those who opt to get the Wraith Adamas, they also get an exclusive headliner that comes with 1,340 individual optic lights, forming what the automaker describes as “the molecular structure of carbon as it becomes a diamond.”

Finally, there’s the reminder of its status. A lot of special edition models, particularly those that are limited to a certain number, come with plaques that denote the specific model number of a certain unit. The Rolls-Royce Adamas Collection has that in the form of an illuminated treat plate that can read either ‘Black Badge Wraith Adamas – One of Forty’ or ‘Black Badge Dawn Adamas – One of Thirty.’

There’s no mention of any engine upgrades on either of the two Adamas Collection models so don’t expect any surprises on that end. Fortunately, the Wraith and Dawn models used in the Collection are Black Badge versions. That itself already comes with an uptick in power. In the case of the Wraith, you’re looking at an output 623 horsepower and 641 pound-feet of torque coming out of a 6.6-liter V-12 unit. The Dawn doesn’t have as much power compared to the Wraith, but its Black Badge version does get improvements in power and torque, amounting to 593 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque.

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Only 70 units will be included in the Adamas Collection, distributed between 40 Black Badge Wraith units and 30 Black Badge Dawn models.

To put a bow on the discussion of this new collection from Rolls-Royce, we’ll give the floor to CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös. “Adamas is a Collection that fuses the extraordinary competence of our bespoke craftspeople from the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, with the rebellious spirit of Black Badge,” he said. “The result is a motor car for those who seek more than the definitive of engineered luxury conveyance. This is a motor car for the risk-taker who is not afraid to embrace a bold and progressive statement of true and modern luxury, in its darkest form.”

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The Bespoke Collective of the House of Rolls-Royce has conceived a darker iteration of Black Badge Wraith and Dawn, presented in a limited Collection, named Adamas. Drawing inspiration from the name, meaning ‘untameable’, ‘invincible’ and also ‘diamond’, the Collective celebrate the darker side of contemporary craftsmanship, expertly weaving a dark aesthetic of unbreakable carbon structures into just 40 Black Badge Wraiths and 30 Black Badge Dawns. Technical fibres and molecular compounds are manipulated and recognised for their systematic, beguiling beauty.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce, commented, “Adamas is a Collection that fuses the extraordinary competence of our Bespoke craftspeople from the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, with the rebellious spirit of Black Badge. The result is a motor car for those who seek more than the definitive of engineered luxury conveyance. This is a motor car for the risk-taker who is not afraid to embrace a bold and progressive statement of true and modern luxury, in its darkest form.”

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On encountering Adamas, one is immediately drawn to the Spirit of Ecstasy, who finds herself taken from the edge of darkness, into the black. She is formed for the first time in history of machined carbon fibre, personifying the very essence of the Collection.

The entrancing figure is engineered from 294 layers of aerospace grade carbon fibre, which takes 68 hours to produce with a technical weave angle of precisely 25 degrees. She confidently resides on a specially created titanium base, vapour blasted to adopt a darkened aesthetic, bearing the words ‘BLACK BADGE ADAMAS’, and the infinity logo.

One recalls the colours of the first iteration of Rolls-Royce Black Badge. The Mandarin Orange interior for Dawn and Cobalto Blue interior for Wraith from the original cars have spread to the exterior of Adamas. Darkened versions of these hues envelop the body in a hypnotic Aphrodite Red over Black and Morpheus Blue over Black two-tone respectively. These are the first two-tone Black Badge cars. These colours, as though touched by darkness, have a deep colour transition, providing a mesmerising iridescent effect. Patrons are able to specify their chosen Adamas in either colourway.

Below, black grille vanes are added to the already darkened grille surround of Black Badge, underlying the sinister, untameable nature of Adamas.

Stepping inside, one’s eye is drawn to the clock, encrusted with black diamonds. Harnessing the carbon structure in its most explicit form, 88 laboratory-grown diamonds form the Black Badge infinity symbol, providing a jewellery-like reminder of the restless spirits of the inhabitants of these motor cars. Mounted upon a carbon fibre back-plate, the black diamonds are perfectly engineered to deliver exquisite clarity and colour. The face of the clock is embellished with machined aluminium chaplets and a polished aluminium inner bezel, adding dramatic detail to the contrasting white face.

Perhaps one of the most captivating expressions of technical craft is the interpretation of the diamond theme on the starlight headliner of Wraith Adamas. 1,340 individual fibre optic lights are configured as though forming the molecular structure of carbon as it becomes a diamond, presenting a motif reminiscent of a powerful spine running through the interior cabin. Available in either hue, co-ordinating perfectly with either colour scheme, the starlight headliner for the first time incorporates graded shading, using varying tones of the chosen colour palette to accentuate the subject.

Pearlescent effect leather, a Collection Car debut, echoes the exterior hue. Offset by a two tone steering wheel and accentuated by rich woven black leather on the door panniers and transmission tunnel, the interior celebrates the darker side of luxury craftsmanship in even the smallest of details.

The Collection premieres a new dark brushed metal fascia, designed to correspond with the carbon fibre. Cold to the touch, this metal finish flows through the motor car, through both front and rear centre console lids, emphasising the unbreakable strength at the core of Black Badge Adamas.

As a final touch, when one enters or alights from the atmospheric cabin of Adamas, one encounters an illuminated tread plate, reading either ‘Black Badge Wraith Adamas – One of Forty’ or ‘Black Badge Dawn Adamas – One of Thirty’, reminding the occupant of the power and precious nature of this Collection.

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