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 expands it into a large number of foreign countries, Including United States. Under the direction of Blum's grandson Pierre-Alain the company took a significant upturn after 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 has been acquired by the group for its 75th anniversary to served both as a reminder of its core values and as an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the brand.