"As for "tickers", (…) her apartments were alive with their clicking. Tor, happening to mention one night that hers, (…) went ill, on the very next morning there came to her a little bijou marked Leroy (…) and another signed Breguet, which was covered with pearls (...)."
William Makepeace Thackeray
Vanity Fair, 1847-1848
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) was an English novelist and satirist whose reputation rests chiefly on Vanity Fair (1847-1848), a novel describing English society during the Napoleonic Wars.