Rolls-Royce Unveils The Arcadia: Its Third Coachbuild Droptail Commission

Featuring the most complex clock face in the brand’s history, which took over five months to assemble.

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Rolls-Royce continues to push the boundaries of luxury and craftsmanship with the unveiling of the Arcadia Droptail, the latest addition to its exclusive Coachbuild collection. Named after the idyllic paradise of Greek mythology, the Arcadia Droptail is designed to embody the essence of “Heaven on Earth,” offering tranquility and refined elegance.

The Arcadia Droptail marks a significant milestone as the first roadster body style in Rolls-Royce’s modern era, showcasing the brand’s dedication to innovation and bespoke design. This masterpiece was recently introduced to its commissioning client during a private ceremony in Singapore, underlining the vehicle’s exclusivity and the intimate connection Rolls-Royce aims to create with its patrons.

“Rolls-Royce Coachbuild is the pinnacle expression of this incredible brand and an unmatched concept in the luxury sector. In this department, the world’s most influential individuals collaborate with our designers, engineers, and craftspeople to bring completely new ideas to life. Together, they create exquisite motor cars that not only become a cherished part of the commissioning client’s personal story but also add to the proud history of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars,” said Chris Brownridge, the Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, adding “Clients curate every facet of these masterpieces, which are brought into being by what I believe is the most talented team of experts in the luxury industry. Arcadia Droptail exemplifies this approach.”

The vehicle’s design draws inspiration from various architectural and design philosophies, including modernist tropical sky gardens and British “Biomimetic” architecture, which emphasizes organic forms and material honesty. These influences are evident in the car’s serene and minimalist aesthetic, which seeks to offer a retreat from the complexities of modern life.

One of the most striking features of the Arcadia Droptail is its exterior, finished in a unique duotone colorway that combines a timeless white with a bespoke silver, creating an intriguing and dynamic appearance. The use of carbon fiber and innovative paint techniques adds to the vehicle’s allure, making it a symbol of contemporary luxury.

What’s even more impressive than the exterior, however, is the vehicle’s cabin, featuring woodwork that represents the largest continuous wood section ever seen in a Rolls-Royce — requiring over 8,000 hours to create. Additionally, the interior features the most complex timepiece ever created in the brand’s history, which underwent a five-month assembly process after more than two years of development. This clock, featuring a complex guilloché pattern and hand-painted chaplets, symbolizes the craftsmanship and heritage of Rolls-Royce.

More than just a vehicle, the Rolls-Royce Arcadia Droptail represents the pinnacle of bespoke luxury, combining exquisite craftsmanship with a deeply personal design philosophy and stands to become a timeless example of such.

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