You can always count on Rolls-Royce to turn a major auto show like the 2014 Paris Motor Show into its own personal showcase event. The British marquee’s latest bespoke masterpiece is the Phantom Metropolitan Collection and it’s probably one of the most intense limited-edition models Rolls has ever built.

Those are big words, but I’m confident it justifies the detail and laborious work put into this limited-edition Phantom. In this space, you’re going to be introduced to the term marquetry, a decorative style of art that’s considered as one of the most difficult to pull off in any setting, much more in the cabin of the Phantom. That’s what’s so unique about the Phantom Metropolitan Collection, other than the seemingly obvious nod to some of the biggest metropolitan cities in the world.

Here’s some good news, at least for those with thick checkbooks and a deep appreciation for marquetry. Rolls-Royce is planning to sell 20 examples of the Phantom Metropolitan Collection. Each model can even be customized depending on the owner’s taste and preference on top of all the details I already included.

No word yet on how much it’s going to cost, but my best guess is somewhere around $440,000, which is a little over what a standard Phantom goes for these days.

Click past the jump to read more about the Rolls-Royce Phantom Metropolitan Collection.

  • 2015 Rolls-Royce Phantom Metropolitan Collection
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    2015
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  • 0-60 time:
    5.7 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    550000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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The exterior of the Phantom Metropolitan Collection was treated to an exclusive Darkest Tungsten paint finish that the automaker says is inspired by city skylines.

The exterior of the Phantom Metropolitan Collection was treated to an exclusive Darkest Tungsten paint finish that the automaker says is inspired by city skylines. it’s a unique shade that you probably won’t see on any other Rolls-Royce models. But don’t fret; if you’re one of the 20 people in line to to receive one of the limited-run Metropolitan Collection models, you can choose from as many as 44,000 different colors to use on the Phantom. If your desired color somehow isn’t available from all these choices, Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke division can create a specific color for you.

Other than that, the limited-edition Phantom comes with a hand-applied coach line that features a silhouette of modern skyscrapers. The details are pretty intricate, so it’s going to be a little difficult to notice it at first glance . Take a closer look and you’ll see it just behind the rear doors.

Interior

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A bespoke analog clock sits in the center console of the Phantom with a rotating bezel, depicting 24 time zones from different cities all over the world, including Paris.

You know how Rolls-Royce prides itself on its craftsmanship? Well, the luxury brand used the interior of the Phantom Metropolitan Collection as its canvas, and the results are nothing short of incredible. To begin, it’s important to acquaint ourselves with marquetry, the art of inlaying small pieces of wood veneer to create decorative motifs.

Rolls-Royce’s craftsmen used that style on some parts of the cabin, most notably the picnic tables on the back of the front seats. Creating that design took a lot of hours and involved around 500 individual wood veneer pieces, all of which were cut, colored, shaped, and applied individually to create an elevated view of a metropolitan city. Once you close the tables, a different design perspective is shown, highlighting the meticulous work that was put into creating these works of art.

The front section of the Phantom also received luxurious wood surfaces highlighted by similar marquetry art work on the front, passenger side of the cabin. A bespoke analog clock sits in the center console of the Phantom with a rotating bezel, depicting 24 time zones from different cities all over the world, including Paris. Rolls-Royce also developed a special Aetherius Grey leather just for this cabin.

Last but not least, the central rear seat received 6,800 two-tone stitches, creating an abstract image of a skyscraper.

As far as unique interiors go, this is about as unique as it’s going to get for the Phantom.

Drivetrain

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The Rolls-Royce Phantom Metropolitan Collection retains its already powerful, 6.75-liter, V-12 engine that packs a meaty 453 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers allow the Phantom to hit 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 149 mph.

Prices

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We do know that Rolls-Royce is planning to sell just 20 units of this limited-edition models. What we still don’t know is how much each is going to cost. Based on our estimates, this special edition Phantom will set lucky owners back by at least $440,000.

Competition

Bentley Mulsanne

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In terms of a competitor that can match the Phantom’s regal status, the Bentley Mulsanne is probably the only one that can hold a candle to the Phantom. Yet even with the Mulsanne, you’re not getting anywhere close to the intricate details of class and luxury as you would in the Phantom.

Power’s pretty similar thanks in large part to the Mulsanne’s 6.75-liter, V-8 engine that produces 505 horsepower and 752 pound-feet of torque. That’s a little more than what the Phantom is capable of, but raw power is only a small part of the super-luxury sedan realm.

No more is that reflected than the prices of both models. Whereas the Mulsanne starts at just a shade north of $300,000, the Phantom is, at the very least, around $100,000 more expensive at $402,540.

Conclusion

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You really can’t go wrong with the Rolls-Royce Phantom, provided you have the means to buy one. It’s one of the most celebrated luxury cars in the world. It also has a generous dose of power that allows it to go toe-to-toe with top-end performance cars.

But the Phantom Metropolitan Collection takes things to an entirely different level. The meticulous amount of work Rolls-Royce put into the detail of that cabin speaks to the ’perfect-or-nothing’ mentality the British brand has epitomized all these years.

The 20 owners lucky enough to buy a Phantom Metropolitan Collection will have a heck of a car to bring home.

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Press Release

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to present the latest showcase of the marque’s pinnacle Bespoke offering.

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The Phantom Metropolitan Collection, unveiled today at the Mondial de L’Automobile in Paris, features exquisite hand-crafted design inspired by the modern metropolis. Just 20 of these beautifully crafted motor cars will be available to commission.

Phantom’s launch in 2003 emphatically heralded the renaissance of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars by affording the world’s most discerning and successful men and women the consummate super-luxury experience. Central to the allure of its unique promise is an interior furnished in the very finest materials; expertly hand-applied by the master craftspeople at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England. It presents a space that cossets occupants and provides the ultimate sanctuary in which to traverse and observe the city in supreme comfort.

The Phantom Metropolitan Collection pays homage to the world’s great metropolises through the meticulous application of marquetry – the art of inlaying small pieces of wood veneer to form decorative motifs. When open, Phantom’s signature picnic table presents occupants with an elevated view of the city, created through the expert application of 500 individual wood veneer pieces. Indeed, the process of hand-cutting, colouring, shaping and applying is so complex these unique objects d’art take an expert wood craftsperson several days to complete. On closing the tables, a different perspective of the cityscape is offered – reflecting the view one gets when effortlessly travelling in the rear of a Phantom.

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“I can think of no more fitting location than Paris to debut this remarkable new motor car. This is a city that echoes Rolls-Royce’s very special brand promise in perfectly combining the timeless and modern in a manner that celebrates the art of the master craftsperson,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “Our customers across the globe delight in challenging our designers and craftspeople to create true, one-of-a-kind pieces of automotive art. This latest Collection serves to showcase the extraordinary scope for Bespoke personalisation afforded to every patron of the marque.”

Meticulous care is taken when selecting the individual wood veneers. Minute imperfections such as knots and flecks lead to instant rejection. Adjustments to the colour of each piece are made through the traditional hand-process of hot-sand shading before a final inspection under magnification on a light box to ensure perfection.

The cityscape theme extends beyond Phantom’s many wood surfaces. A specially developed Aetherius Grey leather colour was created to echo the colour palette of the modern city whilst 6,800 two-tone stitches to the central rear seat flutes depict an abstract image of a skyscraper. A specially developed Bespoke clock extends the theme to the front of the car. For the first time in the marque’s history, a rotating bezel expressing 24 of the great cities of the world and their time zones – Paris included – adorns the central console of a Rolls-Royce motor car.

An exterior hue, Darkest Tungsten, inspired by city skylines finishes the exterior surfaces of the motor car on display in Paris. However, as afforded to any Rolls-Royce customer, the full palette of 44,000 colours is available to those commissioning a Phantom Metropolitan Collection motor car. Should that not be enough, the marque’s Bespoke craftspeople will create a perfect match of any colour or object a customer may wish to replicate. The exterior is completed with a hand-applied coachline that depicts an abstract silhouette of modern skyscrapers.

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This is the latest in a line of remarkable, individual Bespoke masterpieces. 2014 has seen such highlights as the Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection that paid tribute to Sir Donald Campbell’s record-breaking achievements and the Pinnacle Travel Phantom that made its debut at the Beijing Auto Show. These limited Collections serve to inspire customers, with record levels of Bespoke demand reported in September 2014. Nearly every Phantom across the globe, 90% of Wraith and 80% of Ghost family motor cars were commissioned by customers with some element of Bespoke design. Bespoke is Rolls-Royce.

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