Film stars and musicians always maintain fervour for expensive stuff like cars, jewellery, luxury watches etc. Many of them are ardent watch collectors, and have possession of some of the finest collections in the world. In this article, we bring to light five famous musicians and their watch collections.
Elton John is one of the most celebrated musicians on our planet. He is a prolific singer, lyricist, pianist and composer. John is an ardent wristwatch collector. His personal collection has been considered as one of the finest in the world. His favourite brands are Chopard, Franck Muller and Rolex.
Elton John has been associated with the Swiss jewellery and luxury watch brand Chopard since 2000. In a creative partnership with his personal friend Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele (the Artistic Director and Co-President of Chopard), John also co-designed limited edition wristwatch collections to support the charity works of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. His love for Chopard’s jewellery and timepieces was portrayed in Rocketman, the 2019 biographical musical film based on the life of the acclaimed British musician.
He also has several Franck Muller timepieces. In 2018, Elton John assigned London based bespoke watch specialist Bamford Watch Department to customize 10 Franck Muller wristwatches from his personal collection. In 2019, Bamford London introduced the Elton John X Bamford London Mayfair Date limited edition. His personal collection additionally includes models like Rolex Cosmograph Daytona “Rainbow” and Rolex DayDate Platinum.
American rapper Shawn Corey Carter aka Jay-Z is one of the most prominent hip-hop musicians in the world. Renowned for his distinct music style, Jay-z frequently brings up the names of luxury watch brands in his songs. He is a passionate connoisseur of expensive wristwatches, made by top manufactures based in Switzerland. His personnel watch collection includes several masterpieces from the most esteemed Swiss brands, like Audemars Piguet, Franck Muller, Hublot, Patek Philippe, Richard Mille and Rolex.
Jay-Z has several Audemars Piguet Royal Oak wristwatches. In 2005, Audemars Piguet collaborated with the multiple Grammy award winning rapper to produce the Royal Oak Offshore 10th Anniversary ‘Jay-Z’ Edition watch, in limited series of 100 pieces. Like many hip hop stars, he also prefers timepieces from the luxury-fusion brand Hublot. In 2012, on Jay-Z’s 43rd birthday, his wife Beyonce gifted him a unique Hublot diamond-set timepieces, which had a price tag of 5 million US dollars.
In 2013, Hublot collaborated with the hip-hop star to launch the exclusive Shawn Carter by Hublot collection. His vast collection is also comprised of grand complications from the prestigious Geneva brand Patek Philippe. In addition to his extensive treasury of Rolex watches, Jay-Z acquired a one-of-a-kind Perpetual Calendar by Franck Muller, created by modifying a Rolex DayDate model.
Rihanna (Robyn Rihanna Fenty) has been known for her energetic vocal performances and dancing skills. A successful businesswoman, the glamorous Barbadian singer has been involved in various business ventures to produce fragrances, luxury-clothing and cosmetics products. She possesses an inspiring collection of luxury watches, made by Chopard, Bvlgari, Rolex, Patek Philippe and more. In her music video Take a Bow, the glamour icon chose to wear a Piaget Polo yellow gold wristwatch.
In 2017, she collaborated with Chopard to create ‘Rihanna Loves Chopard’ high jewellery collection, which also had a stunning diamond set watch. During the premiere of the movie Ocean’s 8 in New York in 2018, she had worn a Bvlgari jewellery watch along with her Givenchy purple dress. Some noteworthy timepieces from the award-winning singer’s personal collection are Rolex Lady Datejust, Rolex Daytona, Rolex DayDate President and Patek Philippe Nautilus.
Canadian rapper Drake (Aubrey Drake Graham) rose to fame with his debut studio album Thank Me Later released in 2010. Winner of four Grammy awards and six American music awards, he is one for the most successful music artists in the world. Drake is a passionate luxury watch enthusiast and collector.He is the owner of one best admired private watch collections in the world.
His favourite brands are Audemars Piguet, Hublot, Jacob & Co, Richard Mille and Rolex. He has an impressive number of Richard Mille watches, including RM 69 Erotic Tourbillon, RM 11 Baby Blue Felipe Massa Ceramic Chronograph, RM 035 Rafael Nadal Americas Edition and RM 60-01 Regatta Flyback Chronograph. His personal Audemars Piguet timepiece collection is comprised of models like Royal Oak Rose Gold, Royal Oak Tourbillon in Rose Gold, Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Diamond Set Edition and Forged Carbon Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph.
As expected, you can find several Rolex watches in his personal collection. He has several Rolex Daytona Chronographs, including versions in Everose Gold and White gold, Diamond-set models and variants with the rare Paul Newman style dial. In addition, he has GMT Master II, Sky Dweller and Yatch Master II models as well as several DayDate II Gold watches (in yellow, white and Everose gold).
Other noteworthy watches from the Drake’s private collection are Hublot Rose Gold Big Bang, Patek Philippe Nautilus White Gold Perpetual Calendar and Jacob&Co Astronomia Casino. He is equally an fervent admirer of customised luxury watches, for example an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak customized by Alyx, a Patek Philippe Nautilus customized by Virgil Abloh and a Rolex DayDate by Chrome Hearts.
American singer-songwriter John Mayer (John Clayton Mayer) began his illustrious music career in the late 1990s. Also a great guitarist and record-producer, Mayer has been known for his keen interest in collecting exceptional mechanical timepieces. His favourite brands are Audemars Piguet, IWC, Patek Philippe and most importantly, Rolex. The combined price of his personal watch collection is more than seven million US dollars!
He has an impeccable collection of Rolex watches, including some rare and historically important variants of Daytona chronographs (references like 6263, 6264, 6265, 6269, 6270,116598, 116599,116508 and 116509), Submariners (references like 5514 for Comex and 6200) and GMT Master II models. His notable Audemars Piguet wristwatches are AP Concept GMT Tourbillon in White Ceramic, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon Chronograph Open-worked and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin Tourbillon. John Mayer’s personal collection also includes some iconic Patek Philippe watches, like Ref. 5164A Travel Time Aquanaut, Ref. 5004G Perpetual Calendar Split-seconds Chronograph and Ref. 5971 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph.