December 8, 2023

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has the privilege of presenting Rolls-Royce La Rose Noire Droptail. This dark, dramatic, and daring coachbuilt masterpiece is an absolute delight.

  • First of four unique Rolls-Royce Droptail commissions, named ‘La Rose Noire’
  • Black Baccara roses are a romantic and alluring flower.
  • The most complex parquet in Rolls-Royce’s history
  • Over two years, 1,603 pieces of wood were hand-finished and placed.
  • It took 150 iterations for the new exterior paint process to be perfected
  • Client’s Exclusive Vintage Champagne commissioned for matching Champagne Chest
  • Wearable Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept watch

“Rolls Royce La Rose Noire is a love tale, beautifully captured and projected on the canvas of a Rolls Royce motor vehicle. The car is an expression and celebration of the passionate and deep partnership between husband and wife, who are heads of an international family. To be a part of this remarkable story is truly a privilege. La Rose Noire Droptail is a testament to the brand’s unwavering pursuit of perfection. Artistry and a client’s vision truly harmonize in this car. Every detail of this historic order echoes both Rolls-Royce’s rich heritage as well as the character of its commissioning client, from its captivating but formidable form to its elegant and romantic gestures. La Rose Noire Droptail will, just like the clients who made such a powerful and contemporary statement, be etched into Rolls-Royce’s history for ever.”

Torsten Muller-Otvos, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce La Rose Noire Droptail is one of the most innovative expressions of Rolls-Royce Coachbuild that has ever been conceived. Our design team, in order to capture the romantic and glamorous nature of the clients who commissioned the car, explored bold new artisanal techniques and highly complex artistic gestures. They were pursuing a deeply personalized language of luxury. La Rose Noire Droptail’s wood elements are an example of how time-honored, exquisite crafts can be at the forefront of modern design. The ambition of Rolls-Royce’s clients and the unmatched capabilities of its designers indicate a long, exciting future for Rolls-Royce Coachbuild, as well as its position as the leader in applied art.

Anders Warming is the Design Director at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

“Rolls-Royce La Rose Noire Droptail is glamour distilled. This dark, bold, and powerful commission took its inspiration from the Black Baccara Rose, which was both a point of Love for the client as well as a source of fascination for the team. The richness and complexity of its character influenced our exploration and influenced the color palette, composition, and intricate details of the car. We were inspired to combine radically new design concepts with centuries-old, exquisite crafts techniques while using materials to reinforce our clients’ deep attachment to France subtly. “Our shared commitment to shaping an important and progressive design statement has culminated in a deeply meaningful expression of the client’s character and a new peak for contemporary craftsmanship.”

Alex Innes is the Head of Coachbuild Design at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has the privilege of presenting Rolls-Royce La Rose Noire Droptail – a dark and dramatic coachbuilt masterpiece. The extraordinary motorcar, which was presented today to its clients at a private gathering near Pebble Beach, California, represents the distillation and collection of objects d’art that the owners cherish. They are an international family that embodies connoisseurship, luxury, and a passion for the finest things in life. Coachbuild designers described this family’s sensitive and informed curation of their home and their collection of motor vehicles and fashion icons as an art unto itself.

Rolls-Royce La Rose Noire Droptail was inspired by the Black Baccara Rose, a velvety, intense flower from France that the mother loves in the commissioning family. In the shade, the dark pomegranate color of its petals looks almost black, but when viewed in direct sunlight, it has a red pearlescent sheen. La Rose Noire Droptail’s primary palette is made up of these two colors. The client wanted to express romance in the commission, so the first shade of red was named “True Love.” The darker shade is called ‘Mystery,’ inspired by the mysterious rose that appears to change color when viewed at different angles. The clients were captivated by the essence of Love, the mystery of travel and exploration, and the true nature of the rose.

True Love Red is the color of the exterior coachwork. It’s a complex and lustrous red. The motor car, like the Black Baccara Rose, appears to change color depending on which angle it is viewed from. Surface finish specialists created a new paint technique that was refined over 150 iterations to achieve this rich variation. The color of the base coat is closely guarded. Five layers of clear lacquer were then applied, each with a different shade of red.

The theme of duotones is carried through to the brightwork on La Rose Noire Droptail. Hydroshade, a dark finish with a liquid-like quality, was created specifically for this project. The pieces are not painted, but rather a chrome electrolyte that is co-deposited onto each stainless steel substrate at a thickness of just 1 micron – about the same as a spider-web strand – is used in the chrome plating. The interior features a dark, reflective finish that is repeated on selected metal details. Each detail has been hand-polished to a high gloss finish.

Droptail has a removable hardtop that gives it two distinct personalities: Without its roof, Droptail is an open-top roadster, but with the top in place, it transforms into a dramatic and formidable coupe. The top of La Rose Noire is a low-slung design that is amplified by a longer and faster rake. This gives it a more assertive and glamorous look. Rolls-Royce’s first-ever ingot bearing the car’s name can be found behind it. The Bespoke roof features an electrochromic section that can be changed to a nearly transparent shade by pressing a button. This allows patrons to discover the world above.

Pantheon grilles by La Rose Noire Droptail are a perfect example of the clients’ attention to detail. True Love paint, applied by hand as an accent to the reverse of the vanes’ surface, is a subtle embellishment.

This subtle flourish is continued into the intricate lower air intake. This complex piece was designed digitally and 3D-printed in lightweight composite. It incorporates 202 hand-polished stainless-steel slugs that are each hand-painted in the True Love color.

The dark Mystery paint is used on the wheels of this striking vehicle. The finish looks black from a distance, but when viewed closely, it reveals a shimmering red color. After applying the Mystery paint to the entire rim, it is removed using a diamond milling technique. This shows accents made of the base alloy, which are then polished. This treatment highlights the bold 22-inch diameter and the directional nature of the wheel. It also gives it a formidable personality.


This car’s cocooning interior is the most striking feature. The most complex parquet ever created by Rolls-Royce is revealed here – the result of two years of intense development, intensive experimentation, and manual craftsmanship.

The artwork is an abstract representation of falling rose petals formed by 1,603 triangles of black wood veneer. The pattern is made up of 1,070 perfectly symmetrical elements that form the background and 533 red pieces arranged asymmetrically to represent the rose petals. Clients requested the asymmetry to reflect an ‘ a’scattering of petals’ that is organic and natural.

Each triangle is precisely cut, sanded, and positioned by hand. The wood used for this product, Black Sycamore, was sourced from France. The pieces that look like they are stained grey and light grey, in reality, have their natural color. This is achieved using veneers from different logs, each with a unique ‘figure’ or natural pattern. The red pieces were painted only. To prevent the color from fading, the artisans of the marque spent an entire year creating a new lacquer formulation to protect the extraordinary display of contemporary craftsmanship.

The intricately detailed piece wraps around the car’s passengers, extending from the rear panel to the doors and onwards onto the fascia. The assembly of this piece required intense concentration. To ensure the craftsperson could maintain the focus needed for perfect execution, they only allowed them to work for one-hour sessions and no more than five total hours per day. The Rolls-Royce artisan who was with the company since his apprenticeship spent weeks in silence, in a sound-insulated room, to avoid distractions. It took nine months to create this work of art.

The interior of La Rose Noire Droptail is resolved by the two seats, which are finished in both light and dark red leathers with subtle copper shimmers to evoke the pearlescent texture found on the Black Baccara Rose petals.


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