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One of the luxury auto-giant Bentley’s most well known trademarks, is that although they remain true to their heritage and ‘classic brand’ they are constantly introducing the latest technology, manufacturing techniques, designs and design elements into each new vehicle. Mulliner, Bentley’s personal commissioning division has announced the launch of a new Open-pore Walnut Veneer as part of its offering.
The new Open-pore Walnut Veneer introduces a new finish on a very classical wood veneer that embraces and celebrates the authentic and natural beauty that walnut has to offer yet ads to the luxurious feel of the cabin.
Open-pore Walnut is sourced from a very special tree type that combines European Walnut and American Walnut. A handcrafted finish, completed at Bentley headquarters in Crewe, England, enhances the large pore structure to reveal the intense dark colouring of the wood.
The specially grown trees are mainly planted in California, with Bentley’s wood experts visiting regularly to ensure that only the finest quality walnut veneer is selected. This is carefully cut from the textured section of the tree burl, which is only found between the outer layer of sap and the inner core.
The open-pore Walnut veneer is then painted with just three, ultra-thin layers of lacquer, together totalling only 0.1 mm in thickness. By comparison, Bentley’s High Gloss lacquer coating is 0.5 mm thick and has a glossy, smooth finish.
Each layer is applied by hand and sanded between applications, ensuring the lacquer sticks to the natural grooves of the wood. The resulting finish is wax-like and perfectly highlights the authentic, natural colour and texture of the walnut.
This delicate technique ensures Bentley customers can actually feel the texture of the wood. The variation in colour and grain of different cuts of open-pore Walnut mean that each veneer is also slightly different – offering a truly unique Bentley interior.
This sensuous new finish is available to specify in the Flying Spur, Bentayga and Mulsanne.
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