John Mayer Is Completely Obsessed With Watches

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John Mayer

The singer waxes poetic about his favorite accessory to The New York Times.

From the way he speaks about them in a recent New York Times interview, John Mayer might just be even more into watches than he is guitars — or women. Apparently his love of timepieces has been a lifelong thing. The singer told the newspaper that he slept with his head inside a cardboard box as a kid, because that’s where he kept his prized possessions, specifically his watch.

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“When you’re a kid, you don’t have much, so you are building these imaginary, macrocosmic worlds out of these really small things,” he explained. His first watch? A Star Wars–themed Armitron digital timepiece that had pictures of C-3PO and R2-D2. “I remember looking at it, and it was my friend,” he said. “It was one of the biggest things I ever owned in my life, if you were to amortize it in terms of where you were in your life and what it meant to me.”

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Since then Mayer, 37, has amassed quite a collection, which he estimates is valued in the tens of millions. He also told the paper that many of his ex-girlfriends (which, take your pick, include Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Swift, Jessica Simpson and Katy Perry) called his obsession a “syndrome. I think you’re born a watch person. Even if you don’t own a watch for a while, you either get it or you don’t.”

After all his gushing over timepieces, maybe we can expect a track off his next album dedicated to them. After all, he told the NYT, “It would take a lot of poetry to explain it.”