Dancing A Starry Duet

A California couple has just celebrated their 40th anniversary with a custom order of a light and dark duo of Rolls-Royce cars – one of them a limited-edition Phantom Tempus with a Bespoke Starlight Headliner – and the time and place of their first meeting engraved upon it for posterity.

The white Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus for Glenn Moss Sr

There’s no present quite like time, or a Rolls-Royce. And this custom-built pair, one of them the highly coveted Phantom, ticks both boxes. To mark their 40th anniversary recently, Riverside California residents Glenn and Gigi Moss, commissioned the rare and spectacular Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus (which means time in Latin), the concept of which revolves around the rare astronomical phenom known as the pulsar (known to emit regular electromagnetic radiation or pulses, hence the name), which was discovered in 1967, and found only in the deepest reaches of space. In the Phantom Tempus Collection (only 20 models of the stunning bespoke car have been built at Rolls-Royce’s Global Center of Luxury Manufacturing Excellence in West Sussex, England), this remarkable force of nature is rendered as a centerpiece in a Bespoke Starlight Headliner consisting of fiber-optic lighting and intricate Bespoke embroidery, creating the unique and beautiful Pulsar Headliner.

The Mosses’ Phantom Tempus was delivered to them at an exclusive celebration, together with a special Bespoke Dawn Black Badge by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Orange County. “I could think of no better way to mark a special moment in time in Gigi and my life together than with this duo of Rolls-Royce commissions,” says Glenn L. Moss Sr. “The beauty of commissioning a Rolls-Royce is in making it personal and intimate. Phantom Tempus provided us with a wonderful canvas to personalize the painting of our lives together. And the addition of the Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge commission is a statement to celebrate the fact that we will carry our passion for life long into the future. Some things are timeless, and this is what we celebrate.”

The Phantom Tempus’ Bespoke Spirit of Ecstasy is made of solid silver, with the location and date the couple first met in 1976 engraved into the base of the statuette

What inspired this pair of bespoke commissions? The Mosses wanted to celebrate the moment in time at which their life together began, and their Rolls-Royce comes etched with it, for posterity. The Phantom Tempus’ Bespoke Spirit of Ecstasy is made of solid silver, with the location and date the couple first met in 1976 engraved into the base of the statuette. Additionally, latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates mark the precise location. Discreetly etched into the base of the black carbon fiber Spirit of Ecstasy which graces the prow of the Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge, is the date and location where the couple wed in 1981.

“Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus is a motor car for those who shape the world as they seek their own place in the universe,” says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “They understand that whatever our individual gifts, talents, and opportunities, we are all gifted time – and it is up to us to make the most of every precious moment. With Phantom Tempus, we have created a space in which the strictures of time no longer apply – as illustrated by the deliberate absence of a clock. Rolls-Royce clients are not bound by time; the outside world with all its pressures and demands are forgotten. We offer our congratulations to Glenn and Gigi Moss, not only on their years together, but also on these two beautiful Rolls-Royces, commissioned to mark this special occasion.”

When you open the coach doors, an illuminated treadplate reads, ‘Phantom Tempus Collection – Hand built in Goodwood England for Glenn L. Moss Sr.’

The Phantom Tempus: One of 20 for Glenn L. Moss Sr

The exterior of Mr. Moss’ Phantom Tempus is presented in a bright and stunning Crystal over Arctic White. The couple chose the bright white colour to signify the light and infinite nature of time in their marriage. This brilliant finish is highlighted by a hand-painted black coachline, and detailing.

Upon opening the coach doors, an illuminated treadplate reads, ‘Phantom Tempus Collection – Hand built in Goodwood England for Glenn L. Moss Sr.’ The interior of the Moss Phantom Tempus carries over the ‘light’ theme with Arctic White hand-crafted leather offset by black highlights, piping, and contrast stitching. The fascia is finished in black Sparkle Piano reminiscent of the deep darkness of space glittering with the timeless brightness of the constellations.

Fiber optic lighting with a beautiful pulsar headliner inside the Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus

The Tempus collection also harbours the illusion of its standing still – this is captured in the ‘Frozen Flow of Time’ Gallery. This unique artwork is housed in the fascia from which the clock is deliberately omitted to signify patrons’ freedom from time and its limitations. A single billet of aluminium is milled to form 100 individually contoured columns, representing the 100-million-year period of a rotational spin of a pulsar star. Each column is black-anodized and hand-polished to reflect the light and set against an Arctic White background. As the eye travels along it, the whole structure, though entirely solid, appears to ripple and flex.

A description of the Gallery can be found on an engraved plaque in the glove compartment, together with a quotation from Albert Einstein, "The distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion".

A swirling, twisting pattern of stars is presented on the interior of the doors. Created by hundreds of illuminated perforations, additional perforations in contrasting leather add a greater depth and detail to the effect, providing an atmospheric aura even when not illuminated.

Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge in bright red for Gigi Moss

Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge: Bespoke for Gigi Moss

In addition to creating a very personal Phantom Tempus, Mr. Moss asked the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to create a singular Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge for Mrs. Moss. With an exterior finish of Crystal over Bright Red, the vibrant swathe of colour stands in stark contrast to the bright white hues of the Phantom Tempus. Equipped with a Bespoke Aero Cowling, the four-seater convertible quickly and stylishly transforms into a sleek two-seater roadster.

The Spirit of Ecstasy that adorns the bonnet of the Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge is milled from black, high-gloss carbon fiber

The Spirit of Ecstasy that adorns the bonnet is milled from black, high-gloss carbon fiber. This transformation to a darker aesthetic extends to certain chrome surfaces including the front grille surround, luggage compartment lid finisher, exhaust pipes and air inlet finisher. The ‘Double R’ signifiers on the Rolls-Royce badges are inverted in colour, a key signifier that this car is a Rolls-Royce Black Badge model, representing the alter ego of the brand. The car’s rims are created using 22 layers of carbon fiber folded and formed to provide an aggressive style.

the treadplate for this Dawn Black Badge reads ‘Hand built in Goodwood England for Gigi Moss’.

Complementing the treadplate of Phantom Tempus, the treadplate for this Dawn Black Badge reads ‘Hand built in Goodwood England for Gigi Moss’. The hand-crafted interior of the car is finished in full natural grain leather with black highlights and piping. The Rolls-Royce monogram is embroidered on each headrest as is the ‘Unlimited’ infinity logo which is embroidered on the Dawn’s upholstery. The centrepiece of the Black Badge cabin is the aerospace-grade, aluminum-threaded carbon fiber composite surfacing material. The air vents are darkened using the Physical Vapour Deposition process. This surfacing method is utilized to ensure that the parts will neither discolour nor tarnish over time.

This Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge commission provides a stunning, darker ‘alter-image’ to the light and infinite nature of Phantom Tempus, leaving the couple with a lasting memory of their very special relationship.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus: NEDCcorr (combined) CO2 emission: 329-328 g/km; Fuel consumption: 19.5-19.6 mpg / 14.5-14.4 l/100km; WLTP (combined) CO2 emission: 356-341 g/km; Fuel consumption: 18.0-18.8 mpg / 15.7-15.0 l/100km

Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge: NEDCcorr (combined) CO2 emission: 371 g/km; Fuel consumption: 17.3 mpg / 16.3 l/100km; WLTP (combined) CO2 emission: 382-380 g/km; Fuel consumption: 16.7-16.9 mpg / 16.9-16.8 l/100km

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