A few weeks ago we approached Jason Sarkoyan who most of you would know by his Instagram tag as @thewatchdesigner and asked him if he would be able to help us out and do an interview for WTS. We loved the fact that he is a younger person in the field with so much passion and creativity. Jason and myself have been in contact for a while now and our common interests go beyond that of watches. It was great to sit down and get pen to paper and get what I know about him out to the world. We asked him for a few pictures of his watch designs as well and they did not disappoint. So here goes!
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Jason Sarkoyan, I am a young and I am a watch designer. I am currently 19 years old with a huge passion for the art of watchmaking. I started my journey in the watch world at 10 years old. At that age I was studying mechanical movements and taking apart movements myself as I studied along the way. By the time I was 13 I had started sketching my own watches for fun. Well to be honest my art teacher in high school was sick of my talking about mechanical watches, so he told me instead of talking about watches all day I should draw what I talk about on a piece of paper. That’s when I started to take all my architectural designs and mechanical inventions and put them on paper. That’s how my designing career started.
How long have you been in the watch making game?
I have been designing since I was 13 years old but I have been actively working on projects since I was 17 years old. No one took me seriously for a long time because of my age, even though I showed more passion, talent, and knowledge then most other people in the watch industry. No matter how hard you try no one will give you their attention until you really do something to shake the floor beneath them. Until you do, you will never be taken seriously. Unfortunately that’s how this world works.
You seem like a very motivated individual, what gives you your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from many things for example architecture, paintings, and movies. Most of my inspiration comes from my passion. I really don’t need to be inspired by anyone or anything to be creative. I mean sure architecture gives me creative inspiration at times, but there is more meaning to the word inspiration. As I was saying I don’t need objects or things to inspire my creative thinking. Not to be pretentious but I’m naturally creative. What inspires me is people like my Father or Kanye West who fight to do what they love. That’s my inspiration and fuels the fire in me, people who fight to prove a point or fight to show the world their honesty, passion, and natural creativity to change the world.
Watch making isn’t what every young boy wants to do when they grows up. What drew you to this career path?
Well my cousin Paul (www.instagram.com/watchpolisher) is the one who really got me into the art of watch making. He is a watchmaker and has a lot of passion for watches as well. Every time we would hangout all he would do is show me pictures of watches he polishes or takes apart. I slowly started to understand the beauty of watch making, and the true art behind making mechanical movements at 10 years old. So I took it to an extreme level and really studied day in and day out, about the art of watch making. That’s where my passion grew to a whole other level and that’s when I finally realized that this is what I wanted to do in my life. I knew I wanted to be in the watch industry, but I didn’t know what exactly I wanted to do in the field until I started designing. It took a lot of practice, hard work, and sacrifices.
What projects do you have in the works?
Currently I am working on a project with some of my friends who are watch designers as well. I am working on launching a few new brands with my friend Nicolas Lehotzky, who is a Swiss watch designer. Nicolas and I have been close friends for a long time and have had the same passions and understanding to work as a team over the years. We have both been through a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, so we are now taking things to a whole other level and starting a few brands together.
I am also starting another brand with a friend of mine Aldis Hodge, which Nicolas will be involved in as well. Aldis Hodge is an amazing actor and watch designer with very creative designs. Aldis and I have the same passion, motivation, and desire to really shock the watch industry with our designs. I can’t publically disclose the brand name yet, but we are aiming to create and develop one of a kind watches for exclusive clients. It’s going to really change the watch game and bring out all our true designs and passions to peoples wrist.
Last but not least I am working on developing a few watch concepts with Christophe Claret. It has always been my dream to work with him and if all goes well you will be seeing some crazy designs. But if I could say anything about Mr. Claret, it is that he is nothing less than amazing. Mr. Claret is so smart, humble, innovative, gifted, open-minded, and most of all, a stand up guy. He is always considerate of others’ designs and creations. He gives the best advice and nothing less. He makes sure to inspire others and keep their passions alive. If it was not for him I would probably have given up on my passion for watches years ago. But Mr. Claret keeps the passion in me alive, day in and day out.
Where do you see your self in five to ten years time?
To be honest I don’t have the answer to that, I can say I see myself in many other places and doing many creative things. I still think from time to time that I want to explore other things; I mean I’m only 19 years old. I still have a long time to figure things out I guess, but I still push myself all the time to be proactive. I hardly sleep at night sometimes because all I do is think about the things I want to create or do in the future. I have passion for many other things besides watches, so maybe I could see myself growing in those other fields as well.
For example I have a huge passion for surfing, scuba diving, film production, and also helping others. I have a huge attachment to the ocean and the beauty that is in the water. I am possibly planning on getting into marine biology, as I am already a certified master diver. I want to not only change the watch industry, but I also want to help change the world in any way I can. I want to clean up the ocean, or make sure that the animals/marine animals get to live in a healthy environment. I want to use my passion for watch making to bring life to all aspects of the world. If I can some how figure that out, it will mean more to me than anything else. Watch making is my biggest passion, but that does not mean I have to limit myself to only being creative in that field.
What do you consider your greatest achievements?
Although I have can say I have been through a lot of things in my life, I’m still young. I have a long way to go and I don’t think in my opinion I have achieved much. I guess to make things simple, I don’t know if I have achieved anything significant in my eyes. Others may say I have achieved a lot, and that’s their opinion and what they see from the outside. Some people look up to me and compliment me all the time about the things I’m doing, and that’s very humbling to me. But I can’t find anything significant that I have achieved yet through my eyes. Like I said others see me differently then I see myself. I feel like this is just the beginning of my life and all the goals I want to achieve. The most important thing for me is just to be me, stay focused on doing what I do best, and never give up. But, the best is yet to come.
And last but certainly not least. What is your favorite watch? Either one you have owned or dream watch.
My favorite watch would probably be a tie between my personal piece of the Christophe Claret Tourbillon X-Trem 1 and the Greubel Forsey 24 second Tourbillon Contemporain that I will soon be adding to my collection. I have the Claret X-Trem but soon will be getting the GF Contemporain.
Written by Craig Anderson and Jason Sarkoyan
All photos and drawings by Jason Sarkoyan
Go to instagram and check out both of our pages if you haven’t already. They are @watchthisspace11 and @thewatchdesigner.
And as always- Watch This Space.