LA MAISON EBEL
EBEL AND LA VILLA TURQUE
In 1986, EBEL acquired an iconic house with a rich history of watchmaking which was one of the most innovative architectural constructions of its time. Designed by Le Corbusier, one of the pioneers of modern architecture, the acquisition of the villa was a choice dictated by both passion and reason for EBEL. Emblematic of its core values and an important part of the international architectural heritage, it has been known as the “House of EBEL” for over 30 years. The Villa is indeed an inspiration for devotees of “haute horlogerie” (the art of watchmaking) and architectural connoisseurs the world over.
La Chaux-de-Fonds, cradle of creativity
In 1911, at a time when Le Corbusier was already traveling around the globe, Eugène Blum and Alice Lévy created EBEL in La Chaux-de-Fonds, in the heart of the Swiss Jura region.
On his return from a trip to the Middle East five years later, Charles Edouard Jeanneret, (Le Corbusier’s real name) undertook the building of this house just a few streets away. Neighbors called it "La Villa Turque" thanks to the overwhelming influence of Byzantine architecture in its design. The Villa was completed in 1917 and three years later Jeanneret took on the pseudonym with which he would become world famous.
The Villa had originally been a private commission by Anatole Schwob, a watchmaking industrialist from La Chaux-de-Fonds. By acquiring the Villa in 1986, EBEL was continuing the tradition of great names in watchmaking being situated in this residence in La Chaux-de-Fonds, while also celebrating the company’s 75th anniversary.