In this inaugural exclusive Q & A, global superstar singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran tells John Reardon about his passion for Patek Philippe and why he collects.
JR: Why Patek Philippe?
ES: In 2012, I was gifted one for playing at a birthday party, met Kelly [Yoch], then went down the rabbit hole and here we are.
JR: Do you favor vintage or modern?
ES: Depends what kinda day it is.
JR: What is your favorite Patek for wearing?
ES: I think a standard Nautilus is pretty great for anything. [My ref.] 5726A is probably the most worn, out and about.
JR: Your grail Patek Philippe?
ES: [Refs.] 5970 and 2499 are just awesome.
JR: What’s your preferred complication?
ES: Perpetual calendar chronograph.
JR: Strangest place you’ve worn a Patek?
ES: Kelly usually has a heart attack when I play shows with some of the vintage ones.
JR: Favorite watch-related Instagram account?
JR: What does collectability mean to you?
ES: I get them for moments of my life I want to remember, achievements, special dates. I can look back at each watch and it takes me back to the great memories attached to them, so it doesn’t matter really what a watch is or how collectable it is to someone else, if the memory attached to it is a happy one, it gets worn.