At this years Cannes Yachting Festival, Princess Yachts and Bentley Motors reveal the limited edition Continental GT Convertible Galene Edition designed by Mulliner and inspired by Princess Yachts.
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The new car is the latest collaboration for the two iconic British brands who share a philosophy that blends luxury and performance.
Bentley’s bespoke commissioning division, Mulliner worked closely on the new GT model with the Princess Design Studio, and together created the ultimate edition of the world-class convertible, inspired by the design and craft of Princess’ award winning super yachts.
The Galene – named after the Greek Goddess of calm seas – features a Glacier White exterior with a flash of Sequin Blue on the lower brightware, emulating the styling lines of a contemporary Princess super yacht hull and the glistening reflected water line. Darkened
front and rear lamps take inspiration from the tinted windows on Princess vessels, while a dark blue hood completes the distinctive look.
Nautical design continues to the inside of the GT Convertible, taking cues from the unique and uncompromising interiors found in every Princess yacht. An entirely new marerial finish was crafted by Mulliner for the central console – a unique pinstriped walnut veneer that echoes the teak decking on a Princess yacht. For ultimate customisation – something both Princess and Bentley pride themselves on offering their customers – a bespoke illustration from world-renowned artist Jaume Vilardell that features a Princess and the co-ordinates of the brand’s Plymouth shipyard, can be included on the interior fascia panels. Quality hand-stiched seats and door panels accentuate the console and create a space full of light and luxury.
Kiran Jay Haslam, Marketing Director Princess Yachts said, “Princess are delighted to be working with Bentley on this unique project. There is an incredible synergy between our two brands from the exceptional customer experience Bentley provides to the craftsmanship and uncompromising approach to detail found on every Princess yacht. It is a fitting opportunity for two British brands that both combine luxury and performance to collaborate, and some of the special features on this car are breathtaking.”
The design collaboration for the Continental GT Convertible comes after Princess and Bentley Motorsport announced a three-year sponsorship deal earlier in the year. It will see Princess branding on the livery of the 2017 Continental GT3 as it participates in races around the globe, as well as ongoing joint activites to bring the worlds of luxury yachts and motor racing together in exceptional experiences for Princess and Bentley customers across the world.
Plymouth-based Princess Yachts epitomises the best of British manufacture, from its quality craftsmanship, design and engineering pedigree, to the refined elegant and luxury interior styling of its craft. The result blends cutting-edge technology with traditional craftsmanship to set new standards in performance, evident across the Princess range of sophisticated Flybridge motor yachts, dynamic V Class sports yachts, ground-breaking S Class sportbridge yachts and flagship M Class superyachts. The Princess reputation for design, engineering and manufacturing excellence has earned the company global appeal and established it as a truly international brand. Princess Yachts was acquired in 2008 by L Capital 2 FCPR, an investment group co-sponsored by LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) and Groupe Arnault. In January 2016, L Capital merged with Catterton to become L Catterton, now recognised as the largest global consumer-faced investment firm.
About Bentley Motors
Bentley Motors is the most sought after luxury car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s four model lines – Continental, Flying Spur, Bentayga and Mulsanne. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 4,000 people at Crewe.