I recently had a look on YouTube about how high end watches, such as Blancpain, Lange & Söhne and Grand Seiko are made. True artisans working with passion, most impressive. However, I cannot but help wonder if perhaps, pure CNC machines may be able to produce a higher quality product with better tolerances. As amazing as the work of these people is, I still wonder about small amounts of water vapor on human breath, about bits of skin and hair and perhaps something slightly jarred by very steady but far from perfect hands. Or is it the case that at this type of scale, machines cannot yet match human dexterity?
I also saw the Casio Protrek factory in action: far more massive scale, far more automated, workers looked more like surgeons...but is the end result something with greater precision, even if it is without the human touch?