Beauty blooms anew as Rolls-Royce unveils La Rose Noire, a coachbuilt droptail envisioned as an automotive love letter. Inspired by an enigmatic black rose cherished by its owners, the sculptural grand tourer cultivates allure from darkness. It follows the inaugural models that were introduced one and two years ago.
Rolls-Royce artisans devoted two years realizing the clients’ vision, determined to capture the romance and mystery evoked by the Black Baccara flower. The result is a creation cloaked in paradox: assertive yet elegant, contemporary yet classic, simple yet extraordinarily complex.
La Rose Noire’s coachwork bathes in a rich True Love red finish, appearing black until sunlight reveals subtle burgundy depths. Even the Spirit of Ecstasy dons a blacked-out look, asserting the droptail’s dramatic persona. Yet the removable hardtop smoothes its silhouette into a refined fastback, alter ego shifting from assertive roadster to formidable grand tourer.
Within, an intricate 1,603-piece parquetry mosaic swathes the cabin, hand-assembled over nine months into a single artisan’s masterpiece. Abstract yet symmetrical, the pattern evokes the clients’ cherished rose in mesmerizing woodgrain nuance. Accents of Mystery leather and coppery brightwork complete the moody two-tone tableau.
No detail escaped consideration, like the ingot engraved with “La Rose Noire” marking this droptail as the first in a series of four special commissions. Even the alloy wheels bear a dichroic graphite finish, imbuing a sense of motion and visual intrigue.
By distilling their clients’ passions into bespoke form, Rolls-Royce proves coachbuilding is romance manifested. La Rose Noire succeeds both as automotive sculpture and heartfelt declaration, its nuanced aesthetics mirroring the richness within human relationships. This unique droptail reminds that love too holds mystery within allure, ever shifting between dark and light.