“O to be in England, now that summer’s here.” So sang the poet Browning. Indeed an English summer is a famously balmy experience, one that has been celebrated by poets for centuries. Shakespeare himself asked in one of his more famous sonnets: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”
Those of us who live in more tropical climes see the summer as a reason to give our wardrobes, and our homes, a comprehensive, lighter and brighter makeover, as well as an excuse to take off to cooler zones and escape the sun.
If your thoughts are inclined similarly, you will find much to grip your mind in this issue. Discover some of the world’s most spectacular and intimately private beaches in the Cayman Islands. Explore Europe’s most enchanting golfing circuit at the Costa del Sol on the shores of the azure Mediterranean. And home in with unerring precision on what’s trending in summer couture this year, so that you can be at your coolest and hippest best as the temperatures rise.
Connoisseurs of horology will be especially delighted to know that we carry an in-depth report on Baselworld 2017 in this issue. I personally find this annual pageant of the world’s finest timepieces to be an awe-inspiring experience, in that it showcases such an exquisite symbiosis of art, design and precision engineering that quite literally no other product can lay claim to. I do hope the report piques your interest enough to compel you to pick up one of the watches themselves!
This is the era of ‘smartness’, where even the fair maiden fashion has to link arms with her less glamorous cousin technology. This issue also informs you about how this unlikely collaboration is transforming the way you tell the time. I am sure you will find it most interesting and diverting. Then, of course, we bring you up close and up to date with the haute monde in luxury across the board, from the finest in home décor to the most exquisite in personal adornment. That is, after all, our raison d’etre.
I hope you enjoy this issue of The Luxury Collection and look forward to hearing from you. Do write in to us with your comments.
Stay blessed. Stay beautiful.