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Industry Watchmaking
Founded 1911
Headquarters La Chaux-de-Fonds, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Key people
Eugene Blum, Founder
Alice Levy, Founder
Products Watches
Website www.ebel.com

Ebel is a Swiss luxury watch company, founded in 1911 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Neuchâtel, Switzerland by Eugene Blum and Alice Levy.

The brand[edit]


In 1911 Eugène Blum found, together with Alice 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.

By the end of 2003, LVMH Sold Ebel to Movado Group for $62.2 million.[1]

The "Architects of Time"[edit]

Ebel has long sponsored the work of famous architects such as Le Corbusier (who was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds), Andree Putman,[2] 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.[3]

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