Revealing a darker side
Bamford Watch Department is renowned for its signature colour scheme – a ‘black-on-black’ style, often complemented by a flash of aqua blue. The unique black finish is achieved on Bamford watches via processes known as Military Grade Titanium Coating (MGTC) and Graphite Particle Coating (GPC).
In creating Bamford’s car, Mulliner’s challenge was to take this visual language and replicate it on his Mulsanne Speed. Beluga exterior paint was selected, for a rich, gloss black body. Exterior details such as the ‘Speed’ wing vents, the badges on the bonnet and the boot and the iconic matrix grille – normally known as ‘Brightware’ due to their polished stainless steel finish – were then darkened using a process known as Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD). The resulting ‘Darkware’ matches the finish of Bamford’s watches, while meeting the standards of toughness and corrosion resistance required of all Bentley exteriors.
Inside, the theme continues: all cabin Brightware, including the bullseye air vents, bezels and controls, has been replaced with darkware. Even the car’s wheels – a bespoke design based on the 21” Mulliner Driving Specification wheels – are black.