The French philosopher Albert Camus described autumn as ‘a second spring, when every leaf is a flower.’ Indeed, as we move from the brightness of summer into the subtler shades of autumn and winter, I am struck by how this season, which we normally classify as the opposite of spring, actually endows Nature with a rare beauty. Where spring brings a youthful, fresh faced comeliness, autumn glows with the loveliness of maturity. In the Fall we see how experience softens the bold contours of youth to reveal the underlying nuances that blend into ageless elegance.
The Luxury Collection pays homage to this grand dame of the seasons in this issue - you can browse the autumn winter collections of your chosen brands and discover new places to visit in the months ahead. We have some surreal and counter-intuitive suggestions for you that will add to the thrill of your vacation. Wintering in the Antarctica, for example, when the rest of the world is heading for sunnier climes. Making a date for dinner in a crane suspended high above the city. Or catching up with friends for a drink inside a bus in Paris. If all that has piqued your interest, you will find much more in the same vein in the pages ahead.
If art is your passion, then you will especially be pleased with the feature we have created of the five art events that you just shouldn’t miss this year. These are the absolute must-dos for any connoisseur and we give you the essential details of each to help you fit them into your schedule.
If you are musing about buying your next set of wheels, the new BMW 7 Series will well repay you attention. As much a marvel of automation technology as it is a phenomenal automobile, it will add both new-age techno glamour and classic puritan style to the fleet in your garage. Explore it vicariously in this issue before you make it your own.
The American poet WC Bryant called autumn ‘the year’s last loveliest smile’. May this Fall see you smiling likewise along with the season.
On that happy note, let me leave you to enjoy your copy of The Luxury Collection.