Timebloid Horological showbiz: John Mayer
Today we present you with some info about the artists whose mainstream persona manifests itself as a watch know-it-all of the highest rank. A guy that others in Hollywood reach out for horological advice regarding new acquisitions.
You have to admit, that John Mayer – for all of those outside the music loop – is mostly the name connected with being “Katy Perry’s ex, Jennifer Love Hewitt’s ex, Jennifer Aninston’s ex” etc. Despite all his romantic affairs, he’s also an extremely talented musician and song writer whose net worth is estimated to be above 50 mln USD. This solely opens him to a lot of opportunities for accumulating some nice timepieces. But! He’s not the guy that would listen to some PR advisor telling him what to wear and what to invest in. He’s not your average client-joe. Mayer has a true passion for horology and the business surrounding it. You can read his thoughts on Hodinkee where he participates as a guest contributor. He’s also the author of famous “Open Letter to IWC” where he listed all the problems he’s having with the direction the brand is heading. Criticizing the growing amount of celebrity contracts and design flaws among the new product lines – especially his beloved divers.
John Mayer said that to be a watch freak you have to be born as one. Apparently that’s what he discovered in himself. The artist says that his first SERIOUS watch was Rolex Explorer II, bought in 2001 after the success of his “Room for Squares” album. Since that day he has been seen wearing many different Rolex’s – for example classic Deep Sea Dweller that we can see on this Details mag cover.
Staying with Rolex, we have to mention the cult-classic Pepsi GMT II, which we can see him wearing on that GQ photoshoot:
There’s also a blue Submariner in white gold spotted during some of his live shows:
Mayer has a few more vintage Rollies in his inventory from which the most welcomed guest of his wrist is probably the early 80s Daytona ref. 6263 “Paul Newman”:
He of course has a few other obvious “must haves” in terms of brands for any watch collector:
Classic, 18k gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra Thin.
His „Open Letter to IWC” forces us to think that IWC is also the brand that stays close to his heart. It’s true. He was seen wearing this Big Pilot’a ref. 5002:
To wrap it up, as a serious collector that he is, John developed a fondness for Patek Phillippe (what a surprise!). His fascination with this brand presents itself with far more “extraordinary” choices.
This ref. 5369G might serve as the first example. At first glance it’s just a “normal” white gold annual calendar, but the one John has is one of the limited 100 pieces granted with Tiffany & Co stamp on the dial.
Another example is this more complicated 5970G that is simply considered the best perpetual calendar with chronograph combo in the world (sorry Langematik!)
Being on the top of the biz (showbiz), especially with Katy Perry by your side, calls for some frequent posh event presence. During the Grammy’s 2013 the whole world was talking about Katy’s necklace (and cleavage) completely missing the fact, that John also had some jewelry on him that deserves a honorable mention. We are talking about Patek Phillipe’s Calatrava cross cuflinks combined with pink gold Split Seconds Chronograph 5004R on a bracelet that was surely bespoke, because being a simple peasant as I am you simply cannot find this thing present anywhere in the official Patek’s catalogs.
Oh! And there’s this one thing I forgot to mention. John is known for being a true fake-watch fighter. Fakes are surely a plague in the pretentious land of Hollywood where everyone wants to milk their 5 minutes of fame the most they can. Mayer became famous for suing the Charlie Sheen’s friend-jeweler – Robert Marone, because he offered watches which parts genuineness John was not sure of (!). You have to be on your toes dealing with the most focused and omniscient eye for watches in the showbiz that is John Mayer.