In the famous movie "The Third Man", Orson Welles' character Harry Lime said:
"In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed - they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love and five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock!"
According to the Lonely Planet Germany 2007 edition, cuckoo clocks actually originated from the German Black Forest region. Not really very far from Switzerland actually. Anyway, Germany is well known for producing highly accurate instruments and time pieces.
In fact they are so good that they are able to distort time itself, creating some really odd temporal effects for observers from other time zones.