Creativity, passion and above all, precision. These are the marks of a Rolls-Royce, and its dedication to these values have set its cars apart from all others. More than just luxurious vehicles that are great to look at and even better to drive, a Rolls is an apocryphal achievement in artisanship. Which is why its new limited-edition Wraith Kryptos Collection’s commitment to cryptography is so appropriate.
First off, Rolls-Royce Bespoke Designer Katrin Lehmann was given free reign to design one of the most mesmerizing liveries to date – incorporating a series of intricate ciphers into the ebb and flow of the limited-to-50-only vehicle.
Says Lehmann, “Ciphers can be traced through millennia, capturing the imagination of some of the world’s most brilliant minds. As a designer, I’ve always been fascinated by the notion that you can communicate messages that are understood by only an elite few, using symbols, pictograms, and ciphers. Finding the key becomes integral to appreciating the full meaning of an item that can otherwise be viewed simply as a work of art.”
These details aren’t just great to look at. Sure, they give the car an unmistakable air of mystique and debonair chic. They’re hiding something a little deeper though: beneath the beguiling patterns lie an encrypted cipher that can be cracked, should the purchaser of a Wraith Kryptos be willing (and able).
The Spirit of Ecstasy – which has held court of the bonnet of any Rolls-Royce motor car for over a century – begins the cryptographic journey with a green-detailed engraving, introducing the cipher. If you’re wondering, that’s a clue.
Adding to the vehicle’s enigmatic air, its Delphic grey exterior hides blue and green mica flakes that only appear in direct sunlight. A hand-painted double coach line in Kryptos Green, developed specially for the collection on the upper portion with a dark grey lower portion seal the deal while providing further clues.
The cipher continues into the fabric and interiors of the vehicle, ultimately converging at the Wraith’s headrests, where the requisite double-R emblem is usually situated. As a bonus, the vehicle’s bi-coloured headliners depict an in-motion data-stream-esque motif a la the Matrix, if you needed more reminding about the car’s dedication to mystery.
The code’s full resolution is known to only two: Lehmann and Torsten Muller-Otvos, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. It’s purported to have been placed in a sealed envelope in Muller-Otvos’ safe in the home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood West Sussex. Clients will get to take a crack at the code through exclusive members-only app Whispers.
What we can say is this: Rolls-Royce have cracked the code for bespoke luxury going forward. Gold-plated everything just isn’t as interesting – or bold – as challenging owners in a way that complements the core design philosophy of a treasured marque.