Getting elected to the Académie française is no easy feat and leaving it is not something that happens often nor done voluntarily.
The French Academy is the pre-eminent organisation when it comes to perfecting and enriching the French language. Such is the honour and exclusivity attached to it that its members are referred to as les immortels; the immortals.
To mark the election of Franco-Russian novelist Andreï Makine to the Academy, Chopard was enlisted and entrusted to create a ceremonial sword with important symbolic significance.
To complete it, the Swiss-watch and jewellery maker received plenty of input from Makine himself, who provided hand-drawn sketches and inscriptions.
The end result is a sword inspired by the author's favourite season - winter - set with 500 tiny emeralds, 11 white diamonds and a motif evoking the frog princess, a famous figure in Russian folklore.
Scroll through the pictures below for a closer look:
Leaving nothing to chance, Chopard is a big proponent of ethical jewellery, with an ethical gold supply chain.