Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Ebel was founded in Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland during a period of rapid cultural and artistic evolution. The spirit of Art Nouveau was changing the way craftsmen approached everything from clothing to furniture. Naturally, this upheaval touched on the watchmaking industry as well, and today, when you wear an Ebel, you wear the proof.

Ebel was founded by the Frenchman Eugene Blum and his wife Alice Levy in 1911. The name Ebel is an acronym for their names--Eugene Blum et Levy--and has come to symbolize meticulousness and sophistication. Even today, the care that Blum invested in his products' precision movements is still evident.

The Evolution of the Ebel

As with other legendary watch houses from Tissot to Omega, Ebel remained a family affair for some time. Blum and Levy left the enterprise to their son Charles, who soon teamed up with an extraordinary watch manufacturer, Marcel Reuche. Together, the two radically changed the production process, investing in far more sophisticated machinery and instituting the first regular quality control guidelines.

Today, that same flair for excellence is apparent in all Ebel watches, the popularity of which has inspired countless Ebel replicas. Ebel began its career with a slew of awards for distinction, including the 1925 Grand Prize at the Decorative Arts Exposition in Paris. Today, it continues to win accolades not only from watch-lovers, but from ordinary folks who are captivated by its looks.

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