This watch company keeps opening the world’s oldest spirits

Old Vatted Glenlivet 1862

Yesterday, watch maker Louis Moinet held a special ceremony in which they opened the world’s oldest bottle of whisky: Old Vatted Glenlivet 1862.

“When Old Vatted Glenlivet 1862 was distilled among Scottish hills, the world was just in the middle of the age of steam, undergoing changes driven by the Industrial Revolution. Factories fully equipped with machinery transformed the faces of individual countries, large steamships crossed the Atlantic Ocean and the railway finally connected remote metropolises,” the Swiss company wrote in a press release.

So who were the lucky folks that enjoyed this unique spirit? Apparently nobody.

That’s right, instead of pouring out wee drams of the 155 year old whisky, the Saint-Blaise-based timepiece brand used an eye dropper to add one droplet of the whisky to their high end watches.

In a partnership with Wealth Solutions, the company is promoting a line of timepieces called “Spirit Watches,” “extraordinary watches with drops of unique alcoholic beverages inside.”

This isn’t the first time they have poured a rare beverage into a watch either. They’ve opened a bottle of Gautier 1762, a cognac, and Harewood 1780, a rum — neither of which were drunk.

It seems a shame to waist these fine spirits, but we are hoping that they were past their prime anyway. Sukhinder Singh, a British collector of rare alcoholic beverages and owner of The Whisky Exchange, provided the whisky, and you have to suppose he knows what he is doing.