The new version of the elegant Ebel X-1 (ref. 1216156) comes in the same glossy black ceramic body as previous iterations, but now features whole 71 diamonds adorning its bezel, the setting crown and, of course, the signature galvanic black dial. Almost twice as expensive as the version that is not decorated with precious stones, the new X1 is worth every extra penny that the Swiss-based brand asks for it.
The new limited-edition Ebel Classic 100 (ref. 9120R41/6430136) combines refined styling with a (relatively) affordable price. Featuring a combination of “historic” logo on the silvered, easy to read dial and mildly oversized stainless steel case, the timekeeper tries to capitalize on the general public’s growing interest in “classic” timekeepers powered by modern movements.
Previously sold only in an impressively oversized stainless steel case more than 45 millimeters in diameter and over 11 millimeters thick, the 2010 Ebel Classic Hexagon Retrograde Power Reserve is finally available in a lot more expensive 18-karat rose gold body of the same dimensions. From where I sit, the move seems risky given the relatively low market strength of Ebel as a brand (I wonder how many wealthy customers will be ready to part with more than €15,000 to get one of these,) but something tells me that the decision-makers at the Swiss watchmaking brand probably have a dissenting opinion on this matter.
The recently introduced 1911 Tekton Real Madrid (ref. 1215947) is Ebel’s first chronograph that features a not so common bezel-less design. Unlike the vast majority of mechanical timepieces in this price range, the special edition model that is designed to honor the Spanish football club Real Madrid has no bezel at all, sporting in its stead a flat sapphire crystal, which is anchored to the case with six polished screws over an aluminum ring and gasket.