Today I’ll be taking you inside Villa Turque, an architectural masterpiece designed by Le Corbusier that has been an incredible source of inspiration for the Swiss luxury timepiece brand, EBEL. I’ve partnered with EBEL to tell you about their heritage, the upcoming 30th anniversary of Maison EBEL (and 100th anniversary of the conception of the Villa Turque), as well as EBEL’s new limited edition Maison EBEL collection.
I know you’ll enjoy the story of the brand’s beginning. EBEL watchmakers was founded in 1911 by husband and wife Eugène Blum and Alice Lévy. The name in fact comes from an acronym of their initials: “Eugène Blum Et Lévy.” Eugene Blum was driven by a quest for innovation, while Alice Lévy was inspired by a passion for aesthetics. The husband and wife’s shared vision of a timepiece to marry beauty and function is EBEL’s founding philosophy.
From the beginning of their partnership in marriage and watchmaking, Eugène Blum and Alice Lévy were inspired by the synergy between beauty and function found in architecture. “The Architects of Time’ was thus a natural fit for their signature. Their acquisition in 1986 of the legendary Villa Turque, designed and built by iconic Swiss architect, Le Corbusier, was the crowning jewel of EBEL’s 75th anniversary celebration. “A work of art and true architecture,” as Le Corbusier himself liked to describe it, La Villa Turque is emblematic of the cornerstones of the EBEL brand: luxury, elegance, timelessness, purity, and sensuality.