This Watch Is Hiding An Expensive Secret: The World's Oldest Whisky

Part timepiece, part time capsule, the Whisky Watch will be a unique (and expensive) addition to just 50 accessories collections.

Whiskey Watch

If you were blessed with the world’s oldest whisky, what would you do with it? Drink it? Sell it? Save it for a rainy day?

If you’re luxury collectibles connoisseur Wealth Solutions, you put it in a watch. The Polish company made the bold, and borderline insane, decision to team up with Swiss watchmaker Louis Moinet for a timepiece that contains a single drop of Old Vatted Glenlivet 1862, the oldest whisky on the planet.

The ‘whisky watch’ will be available starting April 8 and comes in two versions. The first features a steel case and will retail for around US$18,000. The second features a gold case and is priced around US$46,000. Fifty watches will be made in all – 40 steel, 10 gold – each containing a glass chamber that houses the drop of luxe liquor.

“Whisky Watch is a unique watch that not only measures time in hours, minutes, and seconds but is also a genuine time capsule,” the Wealth Solutions website says. “Thanks to the watch you can feel the spirit of the 19th-century Scotland and travel in time to the period of steamers, the early days of railway, and the Industrial Revolution.”

A bottle of this calibre isn’t just popped open in the kitchen. This particular Old Vatted Glenlivet 1862 came courtesy of Sukhinder Singh, a famous British collector of rare alcoholic beverages and owner of The Whisky Exchange. It was opened during a ceremony held in a 5-star hotel in the presence of a Notary Public, surrounding by luminaries in the spirits business.

As bonkers as a whisky watch sounds, it’s not the first of its kind. In fact, the venture is the latest in a series of high-end spirit watches from Wealth Solutions. A Cognac Watch – containing a drop of what is thought to be the world’s oldest Cognac, Gautier 1762 – was previously issued, as was a Rum Watch, containing the world’s ‘oldest’ rum, Harewood 1780.

We finally have the answer to “What do you buy the man who has everything?”