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Reviewing the UNC watch collection from HAIL

A beautiful big ticket item for the Tar Heel fan in your life this holiday season.

The holidays are, incredibly, right around the corner, which means before long we’ll all need to be searching the depths of the internet to find the perfect gifts for the Tar Heel fans in our lives. If you’re anything like me, and I’m sure most of you are, it’s sometimes difficult to find something that you or those you love don’t already have with a UNC logo on it.

Enter: The Tar Heel Collection from HAIL

I’ve been a watch person since middle school when I thought I was super cool for rocking a Fossil watch at 13. I’ve traded that in for an Apple Watch at this point in my life, but the Apple Watch doesn’t always cut it when I want to look a little more put together (especially when I try to wear it with a bright blue band for obvious reasons).

The UNC watch from HAIL is the perfect way to still add some Carolina blue to a look while also serving as an extremely stylish conversation piece. The watch has a subtle design that isn’t overly in your face like some college-branded watches can be. The silver interlocking NC at the top strikes the right balance, in my opinion. The repeating logo in navy and white on the background of the face blends in in order to not look overly busy, and the Carolina blue band around the numbers spells out A TAR HEEL BORN, which is a detail I have loved pointing out to people since I’ve had the watch.

Shashi Mara is the creator of HAIL watches and he was kind enough to send me one of the watches in order to review it for you guys. One of my favorite things about what Mara is doing with this endeavor is donating a portion of his sales to future scholarships. It’s a cause that’s very near and dear to my heart, and one that I am thrilled to support where I can.

Each watch comes in a sleek looking case that could easily be used for storing and protecting the watch between wears. It also comes with two genuine leather bands, one black and one brown, so you can easily switch them out if one better matches the look you’re going for on any particular day.

HAIL only makes 50 of these Swiss Made watches, so you can be sure that you’re getting something that will make all of your friends and family jealous. You can purchase the watch in stainless steel or gold, and each one comes numbered. Shashi was kind enough to send me the watch with the year I graduated from UNC on the back, which is another small detail I really love.

The stainless steel watch retails for $850.00 while the gold one will set you back $900.

If you are looking for a big, stand-out purchase this holiday season, one of these watches could be the perfect gift. My dad has been eyeing mine since it arrived, so I know I’d win Daughter of the Year if I came through with one for his stocking.

You can see more about the watches, or purchase one yourself, by heading over to You can get a free two-day shipping upgrade by using the code TARHEELBLOG18. There are also collections for Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Stanford in case you happen to be shopping for fans of any of those teams this holiday season too.