Our special guest today is an old friend of ours, and probably one of the youngest collectors we know in the community, we also go way back, even before the start of CHRMTK. So everyone, without further ado, let us all have a look into the intimate world of watches in the eyes of Norayr. #watchfam, welcome to episode 21 of #wristalk.
Watches don’t just tell time – they tell a story
Norayr Hakopov (@nor_k9090 on Instagram)
How it all started?
My first contact with watches started when I was 11 years old. I saw a Casio G-Shock on the wrist of a friend, and from that moment I really wanted to have a Casio. After a long time looking for the right model, I found one and got it on my 12th Birthday. From then on, nothing much happened. I like the watch as a gadget, but I didn’t know anything about other (mechanical) watches.
That interest began, when I was 13 years old. I was always interested in cars, and I was browsing a web page about cars, and I accidentally found a part of that page that is dedicated to watches. The first watches I saw there were the Panerai Luminor PAM 111 and the Rolex Submariner 16618LB, and I immediately fell in love with them. From then on, I started researching more about watches and learned about the many different brands and their history.
What was your first watch?
As I already mentioned before, my first watch was a Casio. But that was when I wasn’t in love with watches yet. My first real watch was the Swiss Military Hanowa Flagship I got as a gift from my dad when I was 13.
What watches mean to you?
Watches don’t just tell time,they tell a story. Everytime I look at a watch, I don’t only appreciate it’s aesthetics, I remember different stories that I connect with that watch, for example how I got it, or what I have experienced while wearing the watch. I own a few watches that have been owned by my great-grandfather and it’s awesome to think about how many things these watches have experienced a long time ago.
I’m also fascinated by the work that is being put into producing watches and their movements.
Also, watches connect people. Collecting watches helped me find many inspiring personalities and new friends with common interests.
What is the focus of your collection?
My main focus when looking for a watch are the aesthetics, that is the most important thing. Another thing that is important to me is the build quality. The watch just has to feel solid and well built. For now I mostly focus on modern dive watches.
Although I am a very big fan of vintage watches, I want to wait some time until I have a bigger budget. Since I am only a student, I could not buy most of the watches that I would actually want to have. In the future, I’d like my collection to be a mix of sports watches, complicated dresswatches, and some rare vintage watches, so pretty much any interesting watch that I like. My favourite brands are Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, A. Lange & Sohne, and I aspire to own watches of these brands someday.
What was the last watch you bought?
The last watch I bought was a Seiko SNZH55K1 “Fifty Five Fathoms” I got last December. It is also the first watch I ordered online.
Which is your favourite watch in your collection?
I love them all, but my favourite is my Breitling Colt 44 that my father has given to me. I’m not usually a fan of Breitling but this one just amazing, it looks fantastic and the build quality is exceptional.
What is the dream watch?
This one is very hard to answer. There are many grail watches for me, but the number 1 is definitely the Jaeger LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon 1. To me it is probably the best looking watches ever.
On the vintage side my grail would be the Rolex 5517 Milsub, the ultimate Submariner in my opinion.