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The latest Rolls-Royce Droptail wants to be your heaven on earth

That’s what its name, Arcadia, literally means

Yet another bespoke Rolls-Royce revealed to the world. PHOTO FROM ROLLS-ROYCE

Rolls-Royce has unveiled the latest creation in its Droptail bespoke vehicle series, and this one takes its name and inspiration from Greek mythology. Meet Arcadia, a hand-built convertible that promises its owner heaven on earth.

The trend to go further than just customizing a car and having a manufacturer hand-build a special model for you is still going strongat least among those individuals rich enough to indulge in such celebrations of ostentatiousness.

No marque does it better than Rolls-Royce, and hot on the heels of the Amethyst Droptail and the La Rose Noire comes the Arcadia. The term refers to a vision of pastoralism and harmony with nature, and can also mean heaven on earth.

An exquisite timepiece that will never be worn on the wrist, sadly. PHOTO FROM ROLLS-ROYCE

The owner of this dream machine can find his utopia behind the wheel of a vehicle that once again features a number of superlatives. Like on the previous two commissions, the Arcadia also indulges in a high-end game of one-upmanship, and features details such as the most complex clockface ever created by the brand and wood sections that took 8,000 hours to manufacture.

Let’s start with a look at the timepiece, which the brand calls “an expression of haute horlogerie.” Just creating the clockface of it took two years of development and five months of assembly work. The hour markers, for example, were painted by hand using a camera that magnifies the work area by up to 100x to ensure a precision finish. You’ll literally need a microscope now to really assess the level of detail and perfection applied here.

We'd be happy with being able to get up close to a Rolls-Royce like this in virtual reality. PHOTOS FROM ROLLS-ROYCE

Where normal car buyers go for a quick test drive around the block, the buyer of this bespoke bling machine goes to experience it in a special ‘holodeck’ virtual reality setup before it was even built.

According to the luxury carmaker, this allowed the lucky sod to see what the car would look like in various locations around the world, and check if it fits his international lifestyle. After all, you wouldn’t want to look out of place while cruising around your favorite tax haven.

This is no ordinary white finish. PHOTO FROM ROLLS-ROYCE

Chances are it will look good wherever it drives, thanks to a paint job that naturally is much more than a quick coat of silver and some polish. The base color of the Arcadia is white, but not as you know it.

The paint has been infused with aluminum and glass particles to create a shimmering shininess when the light hits it. That is then combined with a bespoke silver hue to create a two-tone symphony for the eyes. Even the carbon-fiber bits have been painted on this car, and 22-inch mirror-polished alloy wheels add to its regal presence.

This interior may look simple, but it's incredibly opulent. PHOTOS FROM ROLLS-ROYCE

Inside, wood is the dominant theme, but Rolls-Royce craftsmen didn’t just kill any old trees to create this unique cabin. Instead, they picked a hardwood called Santos Straight Grain that is not only quite rare, but also delicate and difficult to work with.

A total of 233 wood pieces were created, of which seven went into the huge rear-deck section. Everything was then coated in a special lacquer to protect it from the elements, and even this step was taken to the extreme.

Having been unable to find a substance that could adequately protect the fragile wood for the lifetime of the car, the company went on to develop its own just for this vehicle. The whole shebangfrom creating the woodwork to protecting it with their own specially made lacquertook more than 8,000 hours to complete.

But is this truly heaven on earth? Only the owner will be able to answer. PHOTO FROM ROLLS-ROYCE

The result of all this effort is a vehicle with an astronomical price tag and unique looks, soon to be admired at various international hangouts for the super-rich.

As with all of their bespoke cars, Rolls-Royce won’t tell you how much the Arcadia has cost its new owner, but you might be looking at an eight-figure amount (in dollars, of course). That’s the price you have to pay if you want your own utopia on wheels.

Frank Schuengel

Frank is a German e-commerce executive who loves his wife, a Filipina, so much he decided to base himself in Manila. He has interesting thoughts on Philippine motoring. He writes the aptly named ‘Frankly’ column.