The Editor's Note

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 August, 2008, 12:00am

Ovid, the magister amoris of Rome, was banished to the bleak Bulgarian port of Tomis by Caesar Augustus in 8 AD. Just before the poet's departure he sent Augustus a message which read: 'Fortune and Love favour the brave.'

In the world of luxury grand touring, fortune favours those who take their time to create the perfect car, yacht or private jet. Few know this better than Rolls-Royce. Its cars have long been one of the world's wonders. I bought a 1978 vintage Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow on eBay in 2004 and drove it throughout Europe for two years. I say drive, I really mean something else for being behind the wheel of one of these majestic machines is an experience that has more in common with theatre or fine dining than simply getting from A to B.

In this Grand Touring edition of Style magazine we celebrate the evolution of the Rolls-Royce Phantom. We also pay homage to the awesome yachts and boats created by Wally and we enjoy the marriage of fashion and sail at Loro Piana's gorgeous Capri regatta. There are also encounters with the latest trends in motoring, yachts and jets. We wrap up with our tips for the hottest items in personal transportation in 2009 and a day spent hanging off cliffs at the wheel of the new Land Rover Defender. If only Ovid had been able to get a Defender in lonely Tomis. He could have driven all the way back to Rome and told Augustus that fortune favours those with four wheel drive.