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JJ Monaghan Partnering Up With Youtuber Joshua Miles

Joshua Miles is a Youtube commentary channel who specialises in true crime cases. As I am looking at branching into Youtube features and I enjoy Joshua’s content I decided to contact him. Theres no way to describe the reception I received from Joshua other than incredibly friendly and he’s such a lovely guy.

We discussed the possibility of featuring in one of his videos and we managed to come to an agreement. As well as this feature we are currently working on something for the near future. You can watch the video below:

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Getting to know the CEO

Hi my name’s Jason Monaghan, I’m the founder and CEO of JJ Monaghan Watches. Below are a few questions to get to know me and the direction I’m looking to push JJ Monaghan in the future.

1. What do you feel is the biggest strength of your company right now?

Being one myself, I know what young professional guys in their 20s and 30s are looking for and want to wear – this really helps when looking at possible new collections and how I want the brand to feel.

Another strength is how fast we’re able to introduce new collections and watch designs. Whereas most watch brands may take up to a year to release a new collection. We are able to turn around a new collection in a couple of months; from designing, to receiving the samples and putting in the order for the finished product. People are always looking for something fresh, so being able to create new products quickly is really important.

2. What goal do you have for the company?

Well, 2020 has already been a massive year for JJ Monaghan. Receiving a call that Martin Compston wanted to wear our watches for the new BBC show The Nest and finally seeing it onscreen this year was a monumental milestone and I had felt it was such an absurd dream that it had never been one of my goals.

That being said, one goal I’ve always had for JJ Monaghan is to get our watches into an independent store. I often receive calls from customers wanting to check out our products in person, so having a store where they could physically see and feel our watches would help our customers make decisions on our products.

3. What was the path you took to get to where you are today?

I grew up in Montrose, Scotland. It’s a small holiday town with a population of around 12,000. I attended high school and college where I went on to study design. Men’s fashion and grooming have always interested me and I had always dreamed of having a business in one of these fields.

I have always had a passion for watches and felt I could bring something new to the watch market. I saved up money from my full-time job and placed an order for my first collection. When my first collection arrived, I went about photographing them, building our website, creating all marketing material and reaching out to celebrities to see if they would like the brand as much as I hoped they would. Luckily, lots of them did! Big shout out to my brother for helping me fund my second collection!

While the brand is growing, all the profits go back into the company so I can improve and grow it even more.

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JJ Monaghan Watches Featured on the BBC Show The Nest

I received a call at the end of 2019; it was from a lovely costume designer at the BBC called Lesley Abernethy. Lesley informed me that the BBC were filming a new show and Martin Compston had requested to wear a JJ Monaghan watch for his role (probably due to all the badgering I was doing on his Instagram…sorry Martin!). I sent a watch to the set and eagerly waited to see it onscreen!

What is the Nest about?

Dan (Compston) and Emily (Rundle) are crazy about each other. They live in a huge house in a beautiful location just outside Glasgow and want for nothing. All that’s missing is a baby – and they’ve been trying for years,” a synopsis for the series reads.

“Through a chance encounter they meet Kaya (Mirren Mack), an 18-year-old from the other side of the city, whose life is as precarious at theirs is comfortable. When Kaya agrees to carry their baby, it feels like they were meant to meet, but was it really by chance?”

The series will explore who Kaya is and what brought her to the couple.

As I’m writing this we are currently 3 episodes into The Nest and I have to say it is perhaps the most gripping thriller series I have watched. Every twist and shocking revelation will have you at the edge of your seat and it has an amazing ability to make you forget where you are and what’s going on in the world for the full hour. Massive shout out to Lesley, all the costumes look amazing and very natural!

Where to go from here

When I started JJ Monaghan, I wanted to become Scotland’s biggest watch brand. It was my #1 goal and opportunities like this are massive steps in the right direction. My next goal for this year is to get JJ Monaghan Watches into a couple of independent shops.

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Hollywood Actor Skylar Astin For JJ Monaghan

The latest Hollywood actor showing off their JJ Monaghan watches is Skylar Astin, I was lucky enough to get chatting to Skylar and can confirm he is such a lovely guy and very friendly.

Skylar is best known for his role as Jesse Swanson in the musical films Pitch Perfect 1&2 and has also starred in 21 and Over, Glee, Wreck It Ralph and his latest project Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. Skylar is seen here with the Primus Monochrome Plated and Two Tone.

Thank you Skylar.

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BBC Actor Martin Compston in JJ Monaghan

We have been very fortunate to work with BBC actor Martin Compston, best known for his role as DS Arnott over the last few months providing watches for a couple of his projects.

The latest project involved us sending Martin a full collection of the Primus Monochrome range to wear whilst he was filming the BBC Hogmanay Special.

On the show Martin sported the Primus Monochrome Plated.

Martin has won 5 awards including Best Actor for his role in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints and a Scottish BAFTA for his role in Sweet Sixteen, and also racked up 7 nominations.

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Scotland International Claire Emslie in JJ Monaghan Venus Collection

Scotland Women’s footballer Claire Emslie is the latest celeb to show off a JJ Monaghan timepiece. Claire follows her teammate, Kirsty Smith, in supporting the brand from their native Scotland.

Claire is a former Manchester City player and current Orlando Pride player who started her career at Hibernian. A talented forward, Claire was snapped up after a spell at Bristol City by northern giants Manchester City, winning the league and FA cup double in her final season with the club.

At senior level, Claire has represented her country 24 times, scoring 4 goals and was part of the 2019 Women’s World Cup Squad.

Claire shows off her Venus Snow, the perfect finishing touch to a casual and cool summer outfit.

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Scotland International Kirsty Smith in JJ Monaghan Grove collection

The latest footballer to SPORT a JJ Monaghan watch is Kirsty Smith, Manchester United and Scotland defender. JJ Monaghan has always enjoyed building relationships with sportspeople, especially footballers, so we’re delighted to see Kirsty supporting us. As a Scottish brand, we especially love working with Scotland internationals.

Kirsty is a 25-year-old full-back who began her career at Hibernian, playing 139 times over 13 years at the club. She was part of the team that won the ‘double double’ of domestic cups in 3016 and 2017, also finishing as runners-up 4 times between 2013 and 2017.

Kirsty joined then Championship side Manchester United in 2018, making 16 league appearances as United won promotion to the Women’s Super League.

She has also represented Scotland at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a 2014 World Cup qualification play-off and at under-17 and under-19 level.

 

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Spotted: Gymnast Dom Cunningham in JJ Monaghan

JJ Monaghan watches have appeared on the wrists of many stars, and we were so excited when we spotted a JJ Monaghan watch on the wrist of Team GB gymnast Dominick Cunningham in a recent Instagram post! Dom paired the Cryo Volt from the latest release with his British Gymnastics hoodie for a casual look.

Dom is a World Cup, Commonwealth and European Champion in gymnastics and will be heading to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with Team GB. He has numerous medals to his name, but we still think the Volt is his best accessory!

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BBC Actress Stephanie Hyam in JJ Monaghan

The latest celeb showing off their JJ Monaghan watch is Stephanie Hyam, best known for her role as Chanel Dyson in BBC One’s hit series, Bodyguard. Stephanie sports the Blossom Purple from our women’s collection.

Stephanie has also appeared in Sherlock as Jane, Doctor Who as Heather, Gentleman Jack as Sophie Ferrall and Peaky Blinders as Charlotte Murray, among other series. She has also accumulated almost 15,000 Instagram followers and opened an online shop selling her illustrations.

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JJ Monaghan on the wrist of Hearts and Scotland player John Souttar

John Souttar, Heart of Midlothian and Scotland defender has been accessorising with JJ Monaghan watches. Collaborating with Scotland stars is especially important to me due to my Highland heritage.

John started his senior career at Dundee United before moving to Heart of Midlothian in 2006. I’ve watched John play and needless to say I see him playing an important part of the Scotland National Teams progression.

Which star would you like to see wearing JJ Monaghan next? Let us know in the comments below!

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