One phrase for torquing we use in the aircraft industry was "Smoke tight, then a 1/4 turn". You'd have to visualize a small wisp of smoke coming from a dry bolt that got hot from friction.
In a more serious vein though, torquing bolts is a necessity, in aircraft, absolutely critical. On a car, lessee, you can warp the head, warp the brake rotors, have the suspension break, snap wheel studs, and the ever popular break off bolts in the manifolds.
There are a few, very few, folks that have calibrated elbows, I'm not one of them, so I've got 5 torque wrenches in my tool box. Almost done with my front suspension and have had to reset my torque wrench 7 times for all the torque values in assembling the front end. Lotsa fun.