I think I may make bold to say, that there is neither any other Mechanical or Mathematical thing in the world
that is more beautiful or curious in texture than this my watch or Timekeeper....
The beauty of the Swiss watch lay in its precision, and its precision had sprung from modesty. It did not have to be an orrery or a tower clock
any more than a yodeler has to sing in symphonies, and this friendliness to restriction had left the designers within easy reach of perfection.
A Soldier of the Great War