There are plenty of items that can accessorise a look - a beautiful hat, a pair of sky high stilettos, or even a bright lippy… but if you want to take your outfit from fine to fabulous in seconds, nothing does the job quite like a luxe watch.  There is something about a beautiful, classic watch that brings a real sense of chic style to an outfit.

Anyone who knows me knows I absolutely love shiny accessories. Bangles, bracelets and necklaces? Check check check!  But when I wear a beautiful statement watch, there’s no need for any other jewellery.  A strong timepiece is always the standout accessory, no matter what else you happen to have on.  

I know I’m not the only one that feels this way.  In today’s fashion world, a great watch is an essential accessory.  Aside from being fashionable, functional and timeless, there’s just something so personal about a watch.  It gives a glimpse of your taste, your personality and your style.  I personally like to keep a little collection and mix them up depending on my mood or the occasion.  

I’ve been wearing watches ever since my late teens.  And while my taste has evolved over the years, there are some watch styles that I could love for a lifetime.  Why?  Because no matter which trends come and go, these watches still manage to keep their classic-yet-unique style. 

Michel Herbelin is one watchmaker that has this style down-pat.  There’s just something about their unique, French designs that I cannot fault. It's no surprise really - we all know that French style is second to none. Who doesn't aspire to have a little piece of Parisian flair in their wardrobe? Tres chic! But what I love most is the way Michel Herbelin are able to incorporate modern trends, while still holding onto that distinctive, French look.  It’s simply stunning! 

Here I’m wearing two of my favourite watches from Michel Herbelin – the first one is a classic silver watch with a chic dark face and stylish link band from the Kyodu collection. The second one is from the Corynthe collection and features a mix of rose gold and silver in the band and around the face. What I love about them both is that they work in so effortlessly with whatever I choose to wear and they really bring that French chic to my outfit. Plus you know, they keep me to my schedule which is critical too!

In France, Michel Herbelin has a long-standing reputation for producing luxurious, exceptional quality timepieces that are built to last.  I think the reason they’re so highly regarded in the ‘designer watch’ world is that they’ve managed to mesh two sought-after qualities – French flair and Swiss technology - into one beautiful device.

Although back in the early days Michel Herbelin watches were created in the original watchmaking district, Jura in Charquemont, they have become more and more coveted all around the world.  What's great though, is that not everybody has them (yet)! So consider this your early heads up to be ahead of the curve and join other style-setters, including Aussie fashion editors, celebs and those ‘in-the-style-know’.

Now for the best part… Michel Herbelin & SWIISH are giving one lucky reader the chance to win their very own Michel Herbelin watch!  To enter, all you have to do is post a picture on Instagram that you feel captures timeless style.  It could be an image of a head to toe outfit, it could be a celebrity who you feel optimises timeless style, or it could even be a styled flatlay of objects.  Be creative!  Alternatively, entrants can choose to simply repost our Michel Herbelin instagram image.

Just make sure to follow and tag both @swiishbysallyo and @michelherbelinaustralia and include the hashtag #MyTimelessStyle.

If you’re looking for a watch that is different, timeless and super chic, we recommend scoping out the Michel Herbelin range for yourself.  With such unique features and classic, elegant designs, these watches are an investment piece that you will love for the rest of your life. 

*This post is a sponsored collaboration between Michel Herbelin & SWIISH.

Michel Herbelin – #MyTimelessStyle Competition: To enter successfully, readers must post a picture on Instagram of a person, item or experience that they feel captures timeless style. Alternatively, readers can repost one of the influencers’ images (Breakfast With Audrey, She Is Sarah Jane, SWIISH By Sally O and Styling You). The competition will be run through Instagram only. Four (4) different winners will be selected, one per influencer. Each winner will receive one (1) Michel Herbelin 17411/BPR19 watch. Winners will be notified by Instagram within thirty (30) days of winning. One watch will be given per physical address. This is a game of skill – entries will be judged on creativity, originality and relevance in the entered photographs and accompanying text. Chance plays no part in determining the winner. Entries must be posted to Instagram tagging @michelherbelinaustralia, #MyTimelessStyle and the @influencers social handle. Entries open at 12am AEST Thursday 6th October, 2016. Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm AEST Monday 31st October, 2016. Once the competition closes, no further entries will be accepted. Entrants must be 16 years or older.