Chopard crafts a blade for an im­mor­tel of the Academie Fran­caise.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Contents - By Vishal Bhaskaran

Franco-rus­sian novelist An­drei Makine’s elec­tion to the French Academy in March last year would not be com­plete with­out a sword, as tra­di­tion dic­tates. For this task, 11 high jew­ellery ar­ti­sans of Chopard were called upon to cap­ture the spirit of Makine’s char­ac­ter and the jour­ney of his life in this cer­e­mo­nial weapon.

Within the pom­mel one finds a fa­mous fig­ure in Rus­sian folk tales, a trans­fig­ured princess in her frog form, set with 500 emer­alds and 11 white di­a­monds. The knuckle guard, shaped like a quill car­ry­ing the au­thor’s name, cul­mi­nates beau­ti­fully at the cross guard and is pre­sented in the form of a parch­ment. Within the hilt sits a ru­ti­lated quartz hour­glass from which Fairmined-gold balls spill out, to rep­re­sent the “elu­sive flight of time”.

This en­deav­our rep­re­sents Chopard’s maiden as­so­ci­a­tion with the French Academy.

Makine was sig­nif­i­cantly in­volved in the fruition of his blade, pro­vid­ing sketches and in­scrip­tions. The over­rid­ing icy theme, de­picted from hilt to scab­bard, is a nod to win­ter, his favourite sea­son. www.chopard.com ≠


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