Rolls-Royce revealed its latest bespoke model at the 2014 Paris Auto Show. The Phantom Metropolitan Collection joins the Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection and other recent special editions in appealing to collectors for whom a stock Rolls is just too typical.

As the name implies, the Metropolitan Collection is inspired by the world's great cities. It features maquetry--which uses small inlaid pieces of wood to create designs--of cityscapes, including a design on the car's built-in picnic table made from 500 individual pieces.

Each piece of wood veneer is hand selected, and assembled in a process that takes several days. The Phantom Metropolitan Collection has more than fancy woodwork, though. The dashboard clock has a rotating bezel with the local time for 24 different cities including, of course, Paris.

The rest of the interior features model-specific Aetherius Grey leather--chosen to evoke the color of modern cityscapes--with 6,800 two-tone stitches in the central rear-seat flutes creating an abstract image of a skyline.

On the outside, the Metropolitan Collection gets its own shade of Darkest Tungsten paint, again, meant to evoke the somewhat bleak colors of modern cities. If that's deemed unsuitable, Rolls customers will still be able to choose from a palette of roughly 44,000 colors, or have the carmaker's Bespoke division create a new one.

It doesn't appear that any mechanical changes were made, meaning the Metropolitan Collection is still powered by a 6.75-liter V-12, which drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Rolls will build just 20 Metropolitan Collection models, but only when it receives orders from individual customers.


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