The Music That Inspires the Watchmakers

Lots of artisans rely on music for inspiration, distraction and just a bit of fun.

Music and watchmaking have a deep connection. Consider the “tick tock” of traditional timepieces, the minute repeater complication (a function besides the telling of time) that chimes the time on demand and the tunes played by many a pocket watch.

Some watchmakers, though, say music also plays an important role in their ateliers — as inspiration, distraction and sometimes just for fun.

Below, six industry professionals talk about what’s on their playlists.

Felix Baumgartner

Watchmaker at Urwerk, in Geneva

The Rolling Stones have played an important role at Urwerk since its founding in 1997, uniting Martin Frei, who designs the

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