Yusaku Maezawa gets his Rolls-Royce Phantom Oribe ‘land jet’
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Hermès have co-created an exclusive bespoke Phantom for Yusaku Maezawa, the Japanese billionaire entrepreneur and chief financier of the ‘dearMoon’ project.
Maezawa envisioned his Rolls-Royce car, named Phantom Oribe, as a ‘land jet’, bringing the serene exclusivity of private air travel to the road.
In March this year, as reported by www.arabspacenews.com, Maezawa announced that he is seeking eight crew members from around the world, to join him on a once-in-a-lifetime trip around the Moon in a SpaceX Starship in 2023 as part of his ‘dearMoon’ mission.
The mission, first announced in 2018, is set to be humanity’s first civilian lunar orbital mission.
The mission will rely on Elon Musk’s SpaceX company to ferry 10-12 people aboard a Starship rocket on a week-long trip around the Moon and back to Earth.
The car’s two-tone exterior matches the characteristic green and cream glazes of 16th century Japanese Oribe ceramic ware, of which Maezawa is a prominent collector.
The upper part of the car’s exterior is finished in Oribe Green, a colour Rolls-Royce has created exclusively for Maezawa. The effect is beautifully completed by the cream-white lower section.
In an unusual move, Rolls-Royce has made the Oribe Green paint available for use on Maezawa’s private jet that the Phantom Oribe will be paired with.
The Oribe ware-inspired colourway harmoniously continues through the interior, created and realised through a collaboration between Hermès designers and craftspeople in Paris, and the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective of designers, engineers and craftspeople at Goodwood in West Sussex.
The interior is finished predominantly in Hermès Enea Green leather, extending to details that include the immediate touch-points of Maezawa.
Hermès leather flows around the upper instrument panel, interior pillars and parcel shelf. It also enrobes less visible surfaces.
Delicate Hermès piping adorns the headrest cushions and calf supports of the rear seats, while soft Seashell White accents and matching lambswool floor mats create a sense of light and space throughout.
The interior is also replete with examples of Rolls-Royce Bespoke design and handcraftsmanship.
In another first for Rolls-Royce, the interior features Hermès ‘Toile H’ canvas on the door armrests, centre and rear consoles and, most notably, the signature headliner.