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From Jay-Z’s Patek to Rihanna’s Rolex: 8 Music Icons and the Watches They Made Famous

These stylish musicians, and one renowned watch collector, helped put watches from Patek, Cartier and more on the map.

Jay-Z, Keith Richards, Elvis Presley Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Filmmagic/Sergione Infuso/Corbis/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Musicians have long had an eye for great timepieces, and it’s no surprise: Like music, horology is built on a combination of mathematics and creativity—science and soul in equal measure. From the early days of jazz to British Invasion blues to modern pop and rap, these artists were early adopters of watches that went on to become legends in their own right.

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