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New Rolls-Royce Black Badge photo series celebrates darkened Cullinan, LA car culture

Cullinan, Rolls-Royce's first SUV features in the new photo series.

Photo by Mark Riccioni

Rolls-Royce Black Badge cars drive the streets under the guise of darkness. Their usual exterior bright chrome, steel, and aluminum parts replaced by darkened versions. To celebrate the arrival of Cullinan Black Badge, Rolls-Royce enlisted automotive culture photographer Mark Riccioni to create a pictorial series of Black Badge Cullinan greeting fellow automotive subcultures in Greater Los Angeles, California.

Cullian is the bespoke automaker's first SUV and completes their current model lineup.

"The things that connect us are always more powerful than the things that separate us, and this series is a wonderful demonstration of that," said Riccioni. "I selected each subculture because it shares the philosophies that inform the creation of a Black Badge Rolls-Royce. From the obsessive attention to detail lavished on a lowrider and visceral power of a hot rod to the bold execution of tuned imports and deeply personal customisations applied to 'brat'-style motorcycles."

"King of the Night" by Mark Riccioni

Photo by Mark Riccioni


The designers, engineers, and craftspeople at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, England, created a unique Recreation Module for Riccioni's shoot. The unit, codenamed "Urban Photography", was conceived to incorporate equipment specific to his photography requirements. These include a DJI Mavic Mini drone, 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro and 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro for image capture and editing on location.

Riccioni also requested additional items in the vehicle to aid in the shoot including Sennheiser PXC550 MkII noise cancelling headphones, Persol PO3225-S sunglasses, outerwear from streetwear brand Supreme and a water bottle. The automated Recreation Module was trimmed in Forge Yellow leather to match the Black Badge Cullinan's interior colourway.

This isn't the first intricate vehicle that Rolls-Royce has created. The automaker specializes in bespoke customization.

Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullian LA Photo Kit Rolls-Royce developed this unique model just for the shoot.Photo by Mark Riccioni

The photos also aren't the first artistic celebration of Black Badge. Last year, a biopic performance artist starred in a short film featuring Rolls-Royce Black Badge.

A gallery of these images, titled 'King of the Night', will be on display at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Beverly Hills, 8833 W Olympic Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 from March 2020 prior to an exclusive Rolls-Royce Black Badge private event.

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New technology is embedded into the brake caliper.

Photo courtesy of Brembo

Brembo is celebrating 60 years of brand braking history with the debut of a bit of its future. The New G Sessanta Concept is a peek at what the company sees as the future of mobility. It was inspired by the first brake caliper for motorbikes produced by the company, an innovation in 1972.

The company says that the core of the concept is LED technology, which is applied directly to the body of the caliper, a feature that is adaptable to every type of caliper they craft. Brembo sees the tech as being able to enhance the caliper's form and function serving as both an interface and an aesthetic. It will be able to "communicate directly with the user" and "adapt to the user's tastes and preferences". A new video released by Brembo shows the LED color changing via a smartphone app.

 New G Sessanta Concept The New G Sessanta Concept features interactive tech.Photo courtesy of Brembo

Brembo is often known for using bright, flashy colors on its calipers and the new light plays on that. The New G Sessanta is designed to be customizable via wireless technology. When a vehicle equipped with the caliper is stopped, the user can control the desired shade of light to express mood, enhance the style of the bike, or adapt it to the surroundings.

Additionally, the LEDs could use color and light to relay data and information regarding the conditions of the vehicle and caliper itself, or even help localize a parked vehicle by emitting a courtesy light.

Watch the video below to see the vision of the New G Sessanta come to life.

BREMBO “NEW G SESSANTA”: THE NEW BRAKE CALIPER CONCEPT SET TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF MOBILITY www.youtube.com

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This one-off Rolls-Royce Phantom is the result of a partnership with Hermès.

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A new, bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantom is the result of a partnership between the super luxury automaker and Hermès, a French luxury goods company. The Phantom Oribe was designed and handcrafted by bespoke specialists at both houses after being commissioned by Japanese entrepreneur, art collector and supercar enthusiast Yusaku Maezawa.

The exterior of the car was designed to match the green and cream glazes of antique Japanese Oribe ware, something Maezawa is a prominent collector of. The upper part of the saloon is finished in Oribe Green, a bespoke color created exclusively for this client over the course of many months by specialists in the Surface Finish Center at Goodwood, the home of Rolls-Royce. In an uncharcacteristic twist, the paint formulation will be made available for use on the client's private jet.

The lower section of the car is cream colored.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Oribe design process

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The interior of the Phantom is designed to seamlessly meet the exterior as colorways and textures blend to create a unique and intimate riding experience.​ The cabin of the vehicle is finished predominantly in Hermès Enea Green leather, extending from the steering wheel to the duchess handles, gear selector, and rotary controls. Further, it covers the upper instrument panel, interior pillars, and parcel shelf.

The car's glove compartment, luggage compartment lining, center console, and decanter stowage compartment have also been constructed using the material. The glove compartment lid is embossed with the signature Habillé par Hermès Paris.

Delicate Hermès piping adorns the headrest cushions and calf supports of the rear seats, while soft Seashell White accents and matching lambswool floor mats complete the look.

Hermès created all the leather upholstery using stitching and edge-painting techniques originally employed by master saddlers.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Oribe

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The interior also features wooden speaker frets that have been created by perforating open pore Royal Walnut, which also features on the center and rear console and picnic table backs. The Hermès 'Toile H' finds a home on canvas on the door armrests, centre and rear consoles and headliner.

The Phantom's Gallery wears unique artwork that Hermès commissioned that is based on the work of celebrated French artist and illustrator Pierre Péron. The work has been handprinted on the wood and is presented behind a wall of glass.

"This unique Phantom is a fusion of East and West, ancient and modern, serenity and exhilaration. It was a great creative and cultural exchange working with Hermès; we learned a great deal from each other. It is always a pleasure when a client brings us a bold, clear and imaginative vision, and a great thrill to see it realized so perfectly," said Michael Bryden, Lead Designer, Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective.

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