It all began with a dream. A dream to travel the world. Founder of Ryan & Gilbert, Ryan Cusack started his journey in a rather unexpected way. The company perhaps doesn’t share the same beginnings as many generic watch manufacturers, and that can only be a good thing.
Ryan, a fully skilled engineer aspired to travel the world. Immersing himself in the culture, the way of life, the smells and sounds of each country he visited – one thing always remained constant – time. Tracing the passing seconds around the dial of his beloved timepiece was a little like making his journey around the world. His footprints left on the ground were the seconds in life that were already behind him. And that’s where the passion behind Ryan and Gilbert began. The significance of making every second in life count.
Ryan laid his rucksack down in Australia, gaining residency and making a life for himself there with the skills he had been specialising in for over a decade before his move. Looking down once again at the timepiece gifted to him by his grandfather, Gilbert, and running over the letters carefully engraved into its caseback “Make the most of your time”, the overriding feeling was “If I don’t do it now, I never will” and thus the story of Ryan & Gilbert was born. Ryan would follow his deep-rooted love for watches – a passion that had always been tucked away inside him but never fully coaxed out… until now.
Returning to British soil never felt so right. His company would celebrate his country of origin and would encompass all the elements he loved about timepieces. Now with various collections behind its name, Ryan & Gilbert draws on the British heritage of its founder, sourcing the industry’s most reliable and durable materials to create attainable wristwatches.