When one thinks of luxury jewelry, watches are usually the first pieces that come to mind. And when it comes to collecting watches, there are some notable names that stand out from the rest. Here, we highlight the world’s top watch collectors, whose love for timepieces is matched only by their deep pockets and discerning tastes.

Topping the list is Eric Clapton, the British rock legend who is known to own an impressive collection of vintage and modern watches. His collection includes some of the most coveted pieces, such as a rare Patek Philippe platinum world time with cloisonne enamel dial and a Rolex Daytona chronograph with a “Paul Newman” dial.

Another notable name on the list is Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman, who is said to have a vast collection of luxury watches. Among his collection are some of the rarest pieces in the world, including the Patek Philippe 5004T and the A. Lange & Sohne Tourbograph ‘Pour Le Merite’.

Jay-Z is also a well-known watch collector, with his most prized possession being the Hublot “Shawn Carter” Classic Fusion. Singer John Mayer is another collector who has been known to show off his impressive watch collection on social media.

Other prominent names on the list include Italian entrepreneur and owner of the Bulgari brand, Nicola Bulgari, and philanthropist and watch collector Henry Graves Jr. who famously commissioned the Patek Philippe Supercomplication watch.

These legendary watch collectors have elevated the art of watch collecting to a whole new level. With their impeccable taste and appreciation for fine craftsmanship, they have helped fuel the growth and popularity of the luxury watch market around the world.