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Rolls-Royce unveils the new Arcadia Droptail

The Arcadia features the most complex clock face in Rolls-Royce history.

Rolls-Royce unveils the new Arcadia Droptail
[Source photo: Rolls-Royce | Pankaj Kirdatt/Fast Company Middle East]

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveiled the Arcadia Droptail, a custom car inspired by the mythical place of Arcadia. This special vehicle draws inspiration from nature and the concept of perfect balance.

The car features a bold, low stance and an enveloping cabin design. Drawing inspiration from nautical elements, the Droptail’s sail cowls boast sharp, angular forms that rise behind the doors and gracefully curve inwards.

The main body color is a solid white infused with aluminum and glass particles. The carbon fiber used to construct the lower sections of the Droptail was painted in a solid silver color rather than being left fully or partially exposed. Additionally, in homage to the mirror finish of brightwork on historical Rolls-Royces, the exterior grille surround, kinked vane pieces, and 22-inch alloy wheels have been fully mirror-polished.

Similarly crucial to the interior was the development of wood elements, with Santos Straight Grain, considered one of the finest grain types among all the wood species used within a Rolls-Royce, ultimately selected. Crafting the wood sections required 8,000 hours of work.

The Santos Straight Grain veneer fascia features a crafted clock, the most complex ever made by Rolls-Royce. The assembly took five months, following over two years of development.

The clock showcases a geometric guilloché pattern in raw metal with 119 facets. Its face features are partly polished, and partly brushed, and its hands and 12-hour markers are each 0.1mm thick.

“The significance of Rolls-Royce Arcadia Droptail lies in its subtlety. It is a projection of an individual who values clarity and precision in all areas of their life – from their passion for fine cuisine to their highly curated personal and professional spaces and affinity with contemporary design. This motor car is one of the most faithful expressions of an individual’s personal style and sensibilities we have ever created within the Coachbuild department,” said Alex Innes, Head of Coachbuild Design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

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