Roll-Royce have just release details of their six piece luggage set design for the Wraith model. Prices start from £24,000
Undertaking a continent crossing road-trip is one of the most romantic forms of travel, conjuring images of long luxurious, idyllic drives to exotic Mediterranean paradises in one of the world’s finest Grand Tourers. The debate about who builds the world’s finest GT is there to be had but it would be difficult to argue against it being the Rolls-Royce Wraith, the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever created. Now you can compliment this marque with a specifically design six piece luggage set.
Of course, when travelling in such style, the choice of motor car is not the only consideration. Clearly there are others required in order to create an all-round 5-star experience. One such consideration, albeit a somewhat less important one some might argue, is your luggage. Pulling up at your palatial destination and handing your Wraith’s key to the valet, only for him to open the boot and be presented with a collection of over-worked, travel-weary baggage items that you would be embarrassed to hand over to your local charity shop, just wouldn’t do. I write this with a slight smile but you get my take. When you travel in style, you need to travel in, well, Style.
So if your luggage doesn’t quite live up to the image of the motor car you are putting it into, then Rolls-Royce has created the perfect solution for you. Firstly, if, for some unimaginable reason, you aren’t already the proud owner of one of these exceptional motor cars, then go and do the right thing and acquire yourself a Wraith. It will be a sound investment in your general wellbeing. Secondly, whilst you are at it, acquire yourself their new luggage collection, designed specifically for the Wraith. After all, given this car’s GT pedigree, it’s the only logical thing to do.
So, what is it about the this new luggage set that’s causing such a stir? At this point it would appear wise to hand you over to the fine people at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to explain further.
‘The collection, conceived by Rolls-Royce Bespoke Designer Michael Bryden and designed in the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design Studio led by Director of Design Giles Taylor, comprises two Grand Tourer valises, three Long Weekender bags and one Garment Carrier, meticulously designed to be housed in the luggage compartment of a Rolls-Royce Wraith. Like every Rolls-Royce motor car, they can be commissioned to the customer’s exacting specifications.
As you would expect, attention to detail, as with their cars, is applied to this luggage set. Particular attention to detail has therefore been paid to the area that most often comes into contact with the owner. The handles have been designed to ensure an even weight distribution, meaning no undue pressure is placed on the hand. An invisible stitch, a skill honed in the world of Haute Couture and used on the steering wheel of Wraith, has been applied to ensure a perfectly smooth and tactile finish.
Reflecting all Rolls-Royce motor cars, refined visual aesthetics shroud state-of-the-art engineering. Rapid prototyping was used in the development of the Long Weekender to test the ergonomics of the handle repeatedly, ensuring the piece is effortless to carry. Subtle references to the marque can be found in the form of the discrete fastenings, which magnetically dock, providing optimum designed resistance formed from a solid billet of machine polished aerospace-grade aluminium, inspired by the silhouette of Wraith.
The distinct style of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars accompanies the discerning traveller on any epic voyage. The Spirit of Ecstasy, the flying lady figurine that has graced the bonnet of each Rolls-Royce motor car since 1911, is elegantly embossed onto the exterior of each bag.
Self-righting wheel centres featuring the Rolls-Royce double-R emblem adorn the Grand Tourer, offering a fitting reflection of Wraith itself. The strategically placed wheels, specially designed on a wide track to provide a high level of stability, provide an effortless transfer from ground to luggage compartment, ensuring the bag glides into position seamlessly in the rear of the motor car.
Carbon fibre has been selected for its light weight and durable properties rather than for the commonly used contemporary aesthetics of the material. It has been formed into the frame of the case, complemented by a wide-set handle and a high-sided design, optimising the stowage capability of the luggage.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, added, “Michael Bryden’s creation of this Bespoke Luggage collection demonstrates our designers’ commitment to Sir Henry Royce’s manifesto, “Take the best that exists, and make it better. When it does not exist, design it”. Not satisfied with creating a contemporary luggage collection with all the hallmarks of true luxury, the design team have gone one step further, in creating a Bespoke collection that not only speaks of contemporary elegance, but also serves to be a pleasure to use.”
The Garment Carrier, a sleek and slim-lined addition that sits seamlessly atop the Long Weekenders and Grand Tourers, has been designed to encompass a gentleman’s shirt and tuxedo or a ladies gown. A loop for a silk tie or scarf is thoughtfully incorporated to provide the utmost convenience.
The Wraith Luggage Collection, which takes luggage to a new realm of luxury, was constructed by master craftspeople adorning white gloves so as to preserve and protect the leather of unequalled quality. Designed in a choice of mono or a striking two-tone leather finish, the collection embodies the design principles of Wraith, as well as enabling customers to personalise their luggage to harmonise with the interior of their motor car. The Rolls-Royce leather is hand-stitched using the same colour thread as featured in the owner’s motor car and lined with a monogrammed lining discreetly featuring the Rolls-Royce emblem’
So there we have it. The world’s greatest luxury motoring marque now provides it’s interpretation on what it takes to create the finest luggage available. The question is, has Rolls-Royce created the ‘Best Luggage in the World’? Assuming you’re driving the finest GT motor car in the world, it would seem that there really is only one luggage selection that will suffice.
And, having given us the appropriate luggage, one has to wonder what is next. That is a question I shall leave you to ponder.
Oh, and should you wish to ask , in which case it is said that you cannot afford, the luggage set will set you back;
United Kingdom: £24,248
Rest of the World: $42,606
Article by; Jeff Firmin – legendsoftheroad.co.uk
Read our interview with Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos here.