The X-1 collection is clearly targeting a modern woman who exudes an edgy kind of glamour

Founded in 1911 by a husband and wife team who combined their initials to create the brand name (Eugene Blum et Alice Levy), EBEL is a forward thinking brand with a passion for innovation since the launch of its first wristwatch in 1912. With a strong female design influence, EBEL offers an enviable selection of women’s watches. Renowned for its iconic bracelet featuring unique wave-shaped links, the Swiss brand happily marries technical expertise with contemporary design.

Ebel X-1

At a glance

I have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of this timepiece, wanting to experience it in all its glory. Unzipping the circular leather box I find it inside on show beaming back at me.

The EBEL X-1 is a supremely modern watch crafted from stainless steel and polished black ceramic, which provides it with a satisfyingly luxurious weight. In hand, it feels like the perfect handshake which I am reluctant to release, which can only bode well for my wrist.

Visually, this watch is incredibly striking with its play on contrasts it makes a dynamic statement. The juxtaposition of the black case and bracelet with a total of 71 diamonds set in the bezel, crown and on the dial creates an exquisite sparkle. Will it ever stop giving? The X-1 collection is clearly targeting a modern woman who exudes an edgy kind of glamour.

Up close and personal

Ebel X-1

This timepiece has a 34mm case surrounding a galvanized black dial set with eight diamond hour markers and three applied reflective Arabic numerals forming a triangle at 12, 4 and 8 o’clock. The surrounding ratchet effect bezel is alight with 48 diamonds and a circular design at the centre of the dial draws the eye in to the Super-LumiNova hands and sweeping second hand. The crown has an indented line perfect for turning with a nail, thoughtful design with us ladies in mind.  A date window is a more functional addition to this rather glamorous watch.

On the wrist

The smooth and sleek stainless steel and ceramic bracelet is incredibly tactile and extremely comfortable against the skin.  It is held securely in place by EBEL’s signature deployment clasp. However, the release feels a little taxing; it does not have the slickness I would have expected. This is quickly forgotten by the ‘I must have it’ appeal exuding from its frame, as it starts to dawn on you that this could be the new hero of your wardrobe both for week and weekend wear.

It features a precision three hand quartz movement, an anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass and has a water resistance of 100 metres, so if you can’t bear to be parted from your timepiece, it will sit beautifully alongside your Heidi Klein swimwear whilst you holiday in the Maldives.

It’s such a feast for the eyes; the only drawback is where to look first.

  • The comfort of ceramic
  • Sheer glamour
  • The juxtaposition of the black case and diamonds
  • Swiss Made
  • Time spent off my wrist adjusting the bracelet links to fit!

RRP: £4,400

Available from: Ernest Jones


Style: Luxury
Colour: Black
Watch Movement: Quartz
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case shape: Round
Case material: Polished black ceramic / stainless steel
Case width: 34mm
Bezel: Diamond-set stainless steel
Glass: Sapphire crystal
Dial colour: Black galvanic dial with diamond markers
Strap type: Polished black ceramic / stainless steel link bracelet
Clasp: Deployment clasp
Water resistance: 100 metres
Manufacturer warranty: 3 years limited warrnty
Other features: 71 diamonds (0.722CT)
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