The Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Looks To The Universe For Inspiration
Like many of us, Rolls-Royce has been reevaluating its relationship with the notion of time. Unlike many of us, Rolls-Royce has translated its ponderings into a star-spangled new vehicle; the Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus. A take on the British marque’s iconic Phantom model, the Phantom Tempus is designed to represent the timelessness of a Rolls-Royce in a world dominated by ephemerality and transience.
Keeping the illusory nature of time in mind, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus incorporates aesthetic and intellectual elements of time and the cosmos into its design. Pulsar stars formed a key design inspiration for the Phantom Tempus; a unique astronomical phenomenon in which dense, white-hot emit electromagnetic radiation in extremely regular pulses, making them some of the most accurate clocks in the universe. With a limited-edition release of just 20 models (all already spoken for), each Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus features a Bespoke Starlight Headliner, consisting of fibre optic lighting and bespoke embroidery.
The illusion of time standing still is captured in the Frozen Flow of Time Gallery, which appears on the dashboard. Made from a single billet of black-anodised aluminium, each dashboard features 100 individual columns (representing the 100-million-year period of a rotational spin of a pulsar star). When light reflects off the dash, the structure takes on an undulating form, appearing to ripple and flex like the night sky.
An engraved plaque in the glove compartment features a description of the Gallery, as well as a quote from Albert Einstein, reading “The distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion”.