The new Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge and Ghost Black Badge editions are edgier than ever. We go to Japan for a ride under the cover of darkness to discover how increasing demand for driver-orientated models is updating the Rolls ‘magic carpet ride’ experience, before getting a sneak peek at the latest Phantom.
Although they share plenty of similarities, there are some big differences between samurai and ninja. Samurai warriors belonged to the noble classes of ancient Japanese society, while ninjas were often mercenaries, spies and assassins. Samurai wore colourful kimonos; ninjas wore tight-fit, black clothing with only their eyes showing. Samurai engaged in honourable, noble combat, while the ninja employed stealth and deception.
Legendary entities with distinct differences: this is a good way to think of the two Rolls-Royce Black Badge editions that were driven recently in Tokyo. Yes, they are the latest Ghost and Wraith models, but the company’s designers and engineers wanted to give them a dark side, like those legendary ninjas, making them edgier and more attractive to a younger segment eager to get behind the wheel of their own Rolls.
First unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Wraith and Ghost Black Badge were presented in Hong Kong around Chinese New Year.
“Rolls-Royce Black Badge speaks to the darker, more assertive, confident and demanding aesthetic of a new breed of Rolls-Royce customer – today’s generation of young, self-empowered, self-confident rule-breakers who are uncompromising and unapologetic in their choice of living and lifestyle,” says Paul Harris, regional director for Rolls-Royce in Asia Pacific.
Where The World Comes To Stay“Rolls-Royce Black Badge is a creature of the night that fits in seamlessly alongside the spectacular nighttime cityscape … and we are seeing increasing demand for driver-orientated models,” adds Harris. “Black Badge adds a new edge to not only the aesthetic but the unique and sublime Rolls-Royce driving experience.”
FLY BY NIGHT
After landing at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, I’m taken in a Ghost to the Andaz Tokyo hotel in the Toranomon Hills skyscraper, close to the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Tower. Occupying the top six floors of the 52-storey building, with a scenic restaurant as well as an epic rooftop bar, this is the Hyatt hotel group’s boutique hotel brand – aimed at a more youthful audience seeking refined luxury.
Following a briefing with the other journalists, we’re soon behind the wheel of the Black Badge models.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
This new property project is set to be the perfect spot for elite supercar owners to store and show off their rides.
Lamborghini unveils an upgraded supercar that boasts breathtaking performance with open-air driving thrills.
As a nod to the futuristic glass bathysphere from The Abyss, this timepiece raises the bar for horological aesthetics by marrying abstract visual concepts with mechanical wonders.
A New Way To Do Business
Attracting and retaining a creative workforce is a perpetual challenge. The answer may lie in B Corps, a certification process that’s focused on the societal impact a company has.
Why Hong Kong companies should start turning their waste into a supply source.
The Game Changer
After years spent residing in Spain, Paris and the US, Northacre CEO Niccolò Barattieri di San Pietro now has his eyes set on London. The forward-thinking property giant is aiming to restore the former glory back into historical developments in the British capital.
The Quiet Giant
Dr Jonathan Choi wears a lot of hats and sobriquets as he heads up low profile conglomerate Sunwah Group. But with a rising tide of interest in ASEAN and a pending free trade deal, the quiet days may get a little noiser.
The Boutique Experience in Mexico City
When it comes to Latin America, Mexico is Hong Kong’s second-largest trading partner and the biggest buyer of Hong Kong exports.
Discovering the Dark Side
Following a growth in the number of protected 'dark sky places' and stargazing travel destinations, all of which offer visitors increasingly luxurious ways to gaze in awe at the night sky, there has never been a more exciting time for astrotourism.
The Sparkle Makeover
From cars to yachts, here's what one pioneering outfitter is doing to add bling to big ticket items.
The MIRACLE GAMES
The Games of the XXXII Olympiad were historic even before tennis star Naomi Osaka lit the flame in the cauldron with her relay torch to commence them.
14 Tokyo Olympic 2020
Medalist talk about their secret of success in exclusive interviews with Women Fitness
More Than Just ‘Twisties'
An Olympic gymnast says she and her fellow athletes face a lot of challenges in the sport that men don’t
XI SHOW DOWN
AS BEIJING TIGHTENS ITS CONTROL, GLOBAL CEOS WEIGH THE RISKS OF DOING BUSINESS IN CHINA
Can Anyone Make China Play By The Rules?
The global economy depends on Tokyo and Washington coordinating their defense against cyber and trade threats, says Prime Minister Suga
AUDIO NEWS & VIEWS
Maybe it’s the one-year delay. Maybe it’s the global pandemic that caused that delay and lends these Olympics more significance than any in recent memory. Or perhaps it’s the fresh energy of new events. Regardless, now—finally—is the time to learn about the athletes and sports the whole world will soon be watching.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
Simone Biles leads Team USA to Tokyo—finally—for the Summer Olympics. Here’s your guide to the most compelling competitors going for gold in your favorite sports
Marty Friedman – Beast From The East
On the goosebumps-inducing Tokyo Jukebox 3, shred great Marty Friedman tackles the japanese pop charts: “it’s pretty much straight-up j-pop that I put on steroids”
WITH FAST 9 SLATED FOR A JUNE 25 RELEASE, WE EXAMINE THE FRENCHIE'S INFLUENCE