The History Of Ebel

2005: Villa Tourbillon

A first Tourbillon inspired by the House of EBEL. Two decades after acquiring the legendary Villa Turque, created by the world-renowned architect Le Corbusier, EBEL introduced a spectacular tourbillon model endowed with the timeless signature features of the literal and figurative House of EBEL.

“A work of art and true architecture”, as world-renowned Swiss architect Le Corbusier liked to call his emblematic construction in his home town of La Chaux-de-Fonds, the Villa Turque was naturally a powerful and enduring source of inspiration for the Architects of Time. A miracle of ageless perfection and majestic equilibrium, it enshrined a vision of architecture that appeared more contemporary than ever with its blend of rigorous straight lines, gentle curves, structural purity and all-pervasive luminosity.

In tribute to this tireless pursuit of perfection, the new EBEL Villa Tourbillon Haute Joaillerie was EBEL’s daring interpretation of one of the most alluring horological complications of all, conceived two centuries ago to defy the effects of gravity. This stunning new model combined technical mastery with a wealth of design references to the Villa Turque. 

Much like the Villa Turque itself, this resolutely innovative creation could be viewed from all angles for the inexhaustible creative genius and consummate technical mastery enshrined in its wealth of details. The sapphire crystal case-back further revealed the splendors of the movement, also engraved with elements such as bricks and an oeil-de-boeuf window inspired by its ageless architectural Muse, the Villa Turque.

Faithful to the philosophy and the monument that inspired it, the Villa Tourbillon truly deserved to be called “A work of art and true architecture” in its own right.