Ebel was founded in 1911 by Eugène Blum and his wife, Alice (née Lévy). The name originates from the first letters of their names: Eugène Blum Et Lév and was shortened to Ebel for ease. Eugène focused originally on the technical aspects of each timepiece and Alice on the designs. Her work behind the scenes we know was great as there were many societal restrictions as well as lack of recognition for women at the time she was leading the charge at Ebel including patents that were granted to: “Messieurs Blum & Cie, Fabrique Ebel La Chaux-de-Fonds” (Gentlemen Blum & Co.) as to exclude Alice. By 1929 Charles, took over the company from his parents. He began by building a sales network and expanding sales to other countries such as the US. He slowly grew the business until Pierre-Alain took control (grandson to the founders). The companies growth expanded and they picked up a contract to produce timepieces in the 1970s for Cartier and the company eventually became a part of the LVMH Group. By 2003 LVMH Group sold Ebel to the Movado group who continued success with the brand.