Photo: Cognac Gautier 1762 has been officially recognized as the oldest cognac sold at a public auction. A bottle of this unique beverage was purchased by Wealth Solutions and was used in the manufacture of the Cognac Watch – the first Swiss watch with a drop of alcohol.
The Guinness World Records world record for the most expensive shot of cognac was sold at the Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 7 August 2008. 40ml (4cl) of the ‘Hardy Perfection’ brand is available at £1,353 ($2,226).
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the most expensive cognac was an 1858 bottle of Pre-Phylloxera Cognac called Cuvee Leonie which was sold at auction by Cognac Croizet Hong Kong Limited (China) for 1,000,000 CNY (£101,293.75) at The Swatch Art Peace Hotel, in Shanghai, China, 24 September 2011.
This 250-year-old drink was purchased in 2014 by Wealth Solutions, a Polish company specialized in rare spirits and collectibles, at an auction of old and rare beverages organized by Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers in NYC.
It remained part of the company’s collection of old liquors until October 2015, when the management board made the decision to create a watch with a drop of this antique spirit, and opened the bottle.
The uncorking ceremony was organized in Bristol Hotel in Warsaw and formed part of an event to mark the start of cooperation between Wealth Solutions and Armin Strom, a Swiss Watch Manufacturer.
The timepiece and the capsule for this unique beverage were designed by Claude Greisler, Armin Strom’s chief horologist.