Speed / April 2016


Sybaritic sundrenched motoring in the lavish new ‘Riviera Roller’ cabriolet.

One of the laziest things a writer can do is kick off a story with a dictionary definition — you know, “Just what is laziness? The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘lazy’ as: Characterised by lack of effort or activity; showing a lack of care…” Doubtless you’ve seen this sort of thing before.

That said, at The Rake, this month’s theme is Sex & Sybaritism — and while you’re doubtless familiar with the former (if not, Google it), the latter is an uncommon word that really could do with a bit of fleshing out. It means “fond of sensuous luxury or pleasure; self-indulgent,” with synonyms including: “luxurious, extravagant, pampered, lavish, self-indulgent, pleasure-seeking, sensual, voluptuous, hedonistic, decadent, unrestrained.” Which all seems a rather perfect description for the new Rolls-Royce Dawn — sybaritism on wheels.

The successor to the beautiful Phantom Drophead Coupe, the Dawn, says Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Muller-Olvos, has been designed “to be the most social of super-luxury motor cars for those who wish to bathe in the sunlight of the world’s most exclusive social hotspots.” Taking aesthetic cues from old-school wooden motorboats of the Riva ilk, Dawn is a dry-land gin palace, “a Rolls-Royce that feels completely at home on the Route Napoleon,” says design director Giles Taylor, “a contemporary homage to a life on the Cote d’Azur… cavalier in character, it is intended to attract people who relish both freedom and sophistication.” So far, so sybaritic.



Christian Barker

Christian Barker is The Rake's Asia editor-at-large, a frequent contributor to this site, and an enthusiastic consumer of fine whiskies, sashimi and classic disco music - ideally in unison.