As it happens, I know the guy who designed the Williams F1 car and managed it during races in 1982, when Rosberg won the F1 World Championship. He has an Ebel Chronograph that Keke gave to him, engraved “To Frank, from Keke, thanks for 1982”.Keke Rosberg, Finnish F1 World Champion 1982 with his Mercedes 500 SEC and Ebel 1911 chrono.
This was his racecar in the German DTM series. Ebel was a sponsor.
Nice collection, every one of which was designed and produced under MGI ownership.I owned a 1911 chrono once, very well made, and I always found them to be very elegant watches. Shame about the proprietary strap system that prevents you from easily putting a strap other than the OEM one it came with.
I think the death knell for their mechanical watches started when Movado purchased them from LVMH for $47 million in 2004.
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I think it was death-by-neglect, Movado positioning Concord above Ebel, then focusing on ladies watches more and slowly winding down mechanical watch production. Maybe they saved money that way.Nice collection, every one of which was designed and produced under MGI ownership.
What specifically do you think MGI did wrong?
Rick “who has his own ideas” Denney
I feel like Movado's still riding on Horwitt's coattails (from the grave) with the Museum watch, which is all that non-WISes seem to recognize as "Movado". It stands out from anything that Seiko/Citizen/Michele/Tissot/etc offers.I’m not sure MGI knows how to support a higher-end US dealer network, but then lots of brands have struggled with that. They are brilliant with Movado, but Ebel (and Concord) needed something different. I just don’t know what.
Tough to feign interest in a brand I've never heard of. Not every brand is well known.Hey guys. Here on WUS, aside from discussing the well known brands most of the time the forum sometimes also talks about names like Invicta, Orient, Movado, and other less loved brands. But one brand that is very rarely or almost never discussed is Ebel.
Is there any reason for that. Do we have any users who wear Ebel at all?
And just generally what is the forum's view of Ebel? Not looking to buy one just asking curiously.
Watching MV again as well. The "1911 style" bracelet appears first in Season 3 Episode 18 "Lend me an Ear" (USA Air date 27 February 1987).Watching Miami Vice. This is from season 4. Obviously Crockett wears the same sports classic watch but with newer style bracelet, huh?
It's tough to go full gold, in Philip Michael Thomas's case - he pulls it off, I think.What’s his buddy wearing, a Beluga? If so, good on him. I know that rounded forms were more accepted at the time, so it may have been a less radical stylistic choice than it would be now, but still, it takes a certain panache to pull off.
Yeah. Maybe it's the same watch and he just broke the bracelet and Ebel replaced it with a new one, huh? I actually prefer the "BTR-style" bracelet myself, although the wave is the classic one.Watching MV again as well. The "1911 style" bracelet appears first in Season 3 Episode 18 "Lend me an Ear" (USA Air date 27 February 1987).
When Sonny (Don Johnson) is at the desk and in Marty's (Edward James Olmos) office. But for most of the Episode he can be seen wearing the older "Wave style" bracelet, though. I guess they must've filmed the Office scenes later.
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It's tough to go full gold, in Philip Michael Thomas's case - he pulls it off, I think.
Tubbs is wearing a Beluga Lichine, which was 36mm.What’s his buddy wearing, a Beluga? If so, good on him. I know that rounded forms were more accepted at the time, so it may have been a less radical stylistic choice than it would be now, but still, it takes a certain panache to pull off.
Incidentally I was looking over some old Bertolucci timepieces online. I see some stronger Ebel influences here, probably of the same vintage. The chronometer versions appear to be Bertolucci’s high end, though I think they are just 2892s and 7750s.