|Eugene Blum, Founder|
Alice Levy, Founder
In 1911 Eugène Blum found, together with Elise Blum, née Lévy, an etablissage workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds. By combining the first letters of both names — Eugène Blum Et Lévy — the Brand name "Ebel" was created. In 1932 Charles, the son of the founder, took over the management of the company. He built the sales network of the business by further expanding it into many foreign countries, Including United States. Under the direction of Blum's grandson Pierre-Alain the company took a significant upturn since the beginning of the 1970s and produced wristwatches for Cartier. The company was part of LVMH Group until the end of the 2003.
The "Architects of Time"
Ebel has long sponsored the work of famous architects such as Le Corbusier (who was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds), Andree Putman, or — in the early 1990s — contemporary Swiss painters, such as Jean Arcelin. In 1986, the Villa Turque, an early masterpiece of Le Corbusier was acquired by the group for its 75th anniversary to serve both as a reminder of its core values and as an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the brand.
As reported by Newsweek magazine's July 12, 2019 edition, a gold-and-diamond wristwatch fabricated in 1974, and gifted from Elvis Presley to an early gospel mentor who later fronted a quartet of backup singers—and remained with him until his death is being auctioned at M.S. Rau Antiques in New Orleans, LA, the minimum prize being in the region of US$500,000. Crafted in 18 kt gold it features 26 round white diamonds framing the clock face. A personal inscription reads, "From Elvis to J.D. Sumner", 1974.
Sources and references
- "LVMH sells Ebel". LVMH. SE. Retrieved December 23, 2003.
- .q=cache:EKck496weVcJ:www.public.asu.edu/~jabern/Voices_In_Design_Symposium/andree.htm+Ebel+andree+putman&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&source=www.google.com[permanent dead link] Biography of Andree Putman
-  quote from "Villa Turque", Ebel official website