A new watchmaker has vowed to make the most of his time, after learning a vital life lesson in time management from his great grandfather he only met as a baby.

Ryan Cusack fell in love with watches when he was given a family heirloom by his grandad Gilbert, for his tenth birthday.

The watch, which had belonged to his great grandfather, was handed over as a birthday present by electrician Gilbert, 84.

Now, 21 years later, Ryan is still fascinated by timepieces, which inspired him to launch his own watch and accessories company – named Ryan & Gilbert after the pair.

Ryan, 31, said: “My first watch was given to me by my grandad Gilbert for my tenth birthday.

“He trusted me with something that he’d been given by his own father, and that really moved me.

“On the back of it there’s an engraving that reads ‘Make the Most of your Time.’

“Those words have stuck with me ever since – and I want to share that ethos through my own watches.”

Ryan & Gilbert, a stunning new accessories brand offering timepieces, has just launched it’s opening collection – a unique range of watches with unmistakable sophistication.

Watch designer Ryan has a long-standing love affair with fine watches, which has led to the creation of a range of exquisitely-crafted timepieces.

The timepieces blend contemporary styling and exceptional functionality with classical, sophisticated detail across five different collections.

Ryan said: “I’m making the most of my time, and now I can share that with others.

“Ryan & Gilbert is truly a brand I dreamt of as I travelled the world.”

The collection features a carefully crafted range of watches with interchangeable straps, all with elegant sounding British names.

The Westminster collection contains watches that blend contemporary styling and exceptional functionality with classical, sophisticated detail.

Knightsbridge and Belgravia collections further showcase Ryan’s inimitable eye for detail, while new selections are always in the design pipeline.

Ryan, who grew up in York, said: “The brand started its life in London when I returned to the UK, which is such a wonderful city and synonymous with style and sophistication.

“I it felt absolutely necessary to name the watches after world famous London landmarks.

“Affordable luxury at its very best.

“We are all on a journey through life, but I want to share my most valued lesson.

“Make the most of your time.”

To view the collection and order online, please visit www.ryanandgilbert.com

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