Junkers Bauhaus classic

Well I’ve got it at last – the incentive being the Black Friday/Monday discount.  The Classic Junkers 6060M-5 Bauhaus.

Time, Date, Power Reserve and 24 hr sub-dial from Junkers.

Time, Date, Power Reserve and 24 hr sub-dial from Junkers.

Bauhaus bridging the gap between art and industry by combining crafts and fine arts, this model absolutely fits the bill for me.   The Bauhaus movement began in Germany in 1919 and was a style template for great things in all walks of life and a fusion of the practical and the aesthetic.

Here the concept is displayed in a rather stylish model and it has always attracted me and as I already love the Art Deco look, this suits my idea of what I want to wear.   With a Stainless Steel 40 mm diameter case and around 11/12 mm height with a cream colored elegant dial, under a proprietary domed Hesalite crystal, this looks rather good.

Personally I would have preferred the watch to be thinner, but saying that, it’s OK.  And this is not the first model I’ve had with Hesalite crystal which is actually quite good, glare free and extremely shatterproof, though conversely soft enough to scratch.  The upside is that any scratches you do pick up can easily be polished out (if not too deep).

This Junkers Bauhaus version comes with a modified Citizen 9132, 26 Jewel Automatic movement,

Citizen 9132 Automatic with +40 hours reserve

Citizen 9132 Automatic with +40 hours reserve

beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour with Date aperture @3 and a decent Power Reserve of over 40 hours.  An ultra smooth running center sweep Seconds hand in black and a 24 hr sub-dial featured @6 with a Date aperture @3, plus a Power Reserve indicator @12.  The Date is adjusted by the center crown and features hacking (the watch stops whilst the crown is out to the second position) so accurate time setting is easy.  Dot markers at 3, 6 and 9, are green luminescent, as is the infill area on the small Logo @12.  The fine gold colored stick Hour and Minute hands are also luminous filled.  Overall the dial is as Classic as you can get.  The modified Citizen movement is a good choice in my opinion and in my experience can be remarkably accurate.  Some reports indicate the rotor can be noisy, but this particular movement is no better or worse than my other automatics.  This model features an exhibition back through which you can see the silver textured rotor movement and gives that little bit of added interest.

Chunky look accentuated by the Hesalite crystal.

Chunky look accentuated by the Hesalite crystal.

The watch appears to have a close resemblance to the Max Bill series that I also like n that it shares the elegant yet simple dial layout which is uncluttered and practical.  The 20 mm strap is slightly thinner than my previous Junkers and is good quality, though it’s a close run thing regarding the holes available and my 170 mm wrist.  As I like to wear my watches snug to the wrist I might yet punch another hole.

Wearing the watch –
Even with original strap this watch is comfortable (at 40 mm diameter it’s just about the ideal dimension for a watch in my opinion).  The watch being rather chunky also looks a little larger than it really is once on the wrist.  Due mostly to the height of the case and also owing to the quite thick and rounded Hesalite crystal, easily 2 mm above the case (my wife thought it rather like the icing on top of a cake).   However I like the general look of the watch and pleased to see that the large Logo which is prominent on many Junkers, is replaced with the name only plus a smaller Junkers logo as a marker @12, which is very unobtrusive.

Junkers 6060-5 Bauhaus automatic

Junkers 6060-5 Bauhaus automatic

Luminosity –
With green luminous paint applied just to the Logo @12 and the dot markers @3, 6 and 9 plus the infill on the very slim hands you would be forgiven thinking the watch was not so good at night.  And you could not be more wrong.  I found I could still read the time in darkness some 5 hours later and this was managed without artifice.  Watch sitting under my bedside light table while I got ready for bed – perhaps 10 minutes?   In other words in a very normal situation.  I was very impressed.

Automatic in use –
As an automatic mechanical model the Citizen 9132 is very efficient and doesn’t take much wrist movement to wind it.  Basically as soon as you put it on – it starts.  If it’s been off the wrist for some time however it’s always a good thing to give it a wind or two with the crown to get it fully running.

Just to go back to the quietness of this movement –
I’m pleased to say that I don’t hear it at all on the wrist and only when pressed against my ear and I also don’t feel the rotor moving in normal wear.  The movement itself via the exhibition back actually looks quite refined and not as utilitarian as they sometimes show.

So any down sides?
I suppose if I was picky I’d have to say I would like the watch to be thinner – I mean it looks as if it should be thinner, but it is chunky.  In some images it looks really elegant – until you turn it sideways.   Now I know it’s a silly point, but it really should be . . . . saying that I still like it and I have no real complaints at all and I’m very glad I have it. :-)

Accuracy – I’ll report on this after a few days against my Radio Control watches, though it appears so far to be very good indeed and as expected.

Accuracy report –
As I guessed with the Miyota 9132 movement, it lives up to expectations for a movement that came out as an alternative to the Swiss ETA 2824 calibres.  The Miyota 9100 series was introduced as an affordable alternative a while ago and as the Swiss maker ETA policy was to cease supplying movements/arts to all and sundry, somebody had to fill the vacuum  – and very successfully too.  As for time keeping this Junkers Miyota movement manages between 3 and 5 seconds (fast) per day and that’s straight out of the box.  Unsure whether Pointec (Junkers Agency) have time adjusted it at all, but I’d say it’s easily as good practically as the old ETA 2824 and certainly in this limited complication.

Can’t help but think ETA made a bit of a misjudgment ( could even be suicidal) with this Policy, as it was inevitable that the Asian/Japanese brands would step up to the plate and produce not only a movement to rival ETA, but at a fraction of the cost.  In my view the customer benefits tremendously, certainly on new models.  My sympathies go out to pre-owned collectors and existing owners regarding the cost of repair and replacement parts for original ETA movements.

Quote –
Competition is always a good thing.  It forces us to do our best.  A monopoly renders people complacent and satisfied with mediocrity.

Nancy Pearcey

How true . . . . . . . . . . . . .   :-)

 

Junkers Worldtime – disappoints

As I like luminous watches and also have a fascination for Worldtimer features this Junkers model looked of interest.  This is the very new Junkers 6892-5 GMT Worldtimer Chronograph, which manages to have that Classic look about it, but perhaps a little more modern than many in the Junkers range.  It also seems to promise some sort of travel practicality that might be useful to me as I still travel quite a bit these days.  This particular model unfortunately is not mechanical but does feature the highly accurate Swiss ETA G10-962, 4 jewel Quartz movement, which I can more or less set and forget.

Junkers 6892-5 Worldtimer, Date Chronograph.

Junkers 6892-5 Worldtimer, Date Chronograph. GMT sub-dial with Time Zones index.

The satin finished Stainless Steel case is well sized at 42 mm diameter (45 mm including crown) x 12 mm height, with a cream dial and a decent Water Resistance of 10 ATM or 100 m and comes across as a practical dress watch in function and looks.

However I do have to question the rather grand “Wordtimer” sobriquet, as the watch basically shows a time zone index (time zones as + 1, + 2 etc.) inscribed on the GMT sub-dial.  Incidentally this information is duplicated on the watch back, so other than a piece of time zone data, it has no mechanical function whatsoever.  So unless I’m missing something there is actually no Worldtime “function” as such at all, which is rather disappointing.  Unlike many other Worldtimers there isn’t a complication feature for example, to move the hands instantly to another time zone using a pusher.  Indeed you would be forgiven for making the mistake that the “Red” colored upper right pusher had some special function, but it doesn’t – apart from the usual start/stop chronograph function and a hands reset feature.

The Chronograph function is quite decent to 60 minutes, split time and so on, and is started and stopped by the top “Red” colored pusher, though why this is colored Red I have absolutely no idea. . . . . .

So overall whilst a nice Date and Chronograph watch it is not to my mind a proper World Timer.

Junkers with alternative deployment strap - Note RED pusher?

Junkers with alternative deployment strap – Note RED pusher?

The next feature that’s highlighted in the blurb is the luminous aspect of the cream colored dial face.   Indeed it advertises two forms of luminous ability.   Firstly the broad luminous and elegantly shaped Hour and Minute hands are SuperLuminova coated and secondly the entire dial surface is also coated in Superluminova, which according to the advertising should give this model outstanding readability in total darkness.   Note the numerals/indices are made of contrasting black Anthracite.

However knowing the rather lackluster luminous quality of previous Junkers watches (I have three older models) I’m curious to see if it does in fact live up to the luminous potential.

So as usual I performed my usual at home practical test – which is – Just before retiring I set the watch on my bedside table and shoot off the the bathroom for a wash and get ready for bed (I know this is mundane, yes? but that’s life!).  This perhaps takes around 10 minutes and during this time the watch is sitting under and facing dial up towards my bedside table lamp.  So the luminous dial is being charged (not super-charged as some folks do using a bright torch – I don’t normally carry around a torch for this purpose!!) for a decent time.  And sure enough when lights out, the entire watch face is lit up brightly and the hands are silhouetted with good dark contrast against it and you can read the time perfectly.  Really impressive and so far so good and the time was 01:30am.  Similar to the image shown here.  Sorry I was not about to start taking photos of this watch when I was trying fitfully to sleep (my shoulder injuries still keeping me from getting a decent night’s sleep!), but this is after about the same time in my office earlier in the evening under my desk lamp.

Total dial luminance feature - OK for 1.5 hrs - but after that - forget it.

Total dial luminance feature – OK for 1.5 hrs – but after that – unreadable, too faint and no Hand contrast.

On the practical test at 02:40 in the morning, the dial still had some luminescence, but the Hands contrast was much reduced and whilst I could just make out the time, it wasn’t that easy.  However at 03:45 I could not make out the time at all, the hands effectively having the same tone as the, by now very faint, dial background and was impossible to tell the time.

So the effective night use is about 1½ hours and after that it’s unreadable.  The problem is that the hands are not black, but thinly black edged and have an infill, which by the way I understand are supposed to be luminous (though I don’t see the point) but which are in fact NOT luminous.  So if after a night out you leave the bright lights inside to walk out in the dark to your car, the watch is fine and you’ll see it OK as your talking minutes here, not 2 hours.  But as an all night job, forget it.
The watch seems to me to have two issues Junkers need to address – 1) either make the hands decently luminous against a normal dial or 2) make the hands solid black against the luminous dial and here Junkers have managed neither.  And of course as a true Worldtimer this for me doesn’t deliver.

I do wish when Brands promote a luminous quality as a selling feature, they would do it properly and the said lume works for a decent period of time. Under 2 hours is not, in my opinion, good enough today.

I attach some real photos of the Worldtimer for you that show the watch as it is, rather than web page style images, which can be so misleading.

Note this watch came with a very good quality leather strap and buckle, but which as with so many of these is perhaps made for large people and certainly not my average 170 mm wrist.  On the last hole it is still too big and as a consequence does not tighten effectively on the wrist.   Unless you start punching holes in it, which I’d rather dot do, better to replace it with either a shorter more flexible one or even a silicon deployment strap, the latter of which as I have fitted in the images.  The watch will then fit properly against the wrist and the strap is then, as it should be, unobtrusive and neat.

So OK, a nice watch, Date Chronograph with center seconds hand, a GMT subsidiary dial with some City Zone time marking around it and that’s about it.  The “Worldtime” and the much vaunted luminous features both not at all as expected and ultimately a disappointing model.  In short, had the luminous feature come up to scratch and the World Time function been a mechanical complication that moved the Hour hand to a selected Time Zone for example, then this would have been a really good buy.

As it is, it didn’t and it wasn’t . . . . . . .

 

 

 

Infantry value (again)

Once again I delve into the world of really cheap watches with this second model of the Infantry brand I’ve acquired.  The last one was given to me by a friend a year ago (I featured it in August 14) and has proved a bit of a winner and not let me down, is accurate and whilst quite large looks pretty good quality wise.  My pal doesn’t often give gifts, but at $12 he wasn’t killing himself!  LOL . . . .

Infantry Model IN-044 - clear display Day & Date.

Infantry Model IN-044 – clear display Day & Date.

It will be interesting to see if this one which I’ve found recently is as satisfying – and on first impressions I’d say it looks pretty good and offered at a price of just £14.24 including FREE delivery to the UK from Hong Kong, it could well be another bargain.

The IN.044 model Infantry Day/Date Quartz Nite Luminous with nylon strap is my pick and images are as shown.  With a round 40 mm x 11 mm matte black color stainless steel case, good sized crown @3, luminous Arabic numerals, Hour, Minute and center Seconds plus a 24 hr dial set and a good sized Day/Date window @3, the watch has very much a classic look.
Note the Day & Date feature has a quick set Crown adjustment on the first pull out click point.  The crystal is flat, described as anti-scratch glass and I have no reason to doubt it.  It is also very clear and with no reflections.

Good size at 40 mm diameter and just 11 mm thickness makes for a neat watch.

Good size at 40 mm diameter and just 11 mm thickness makes for a neat watch.

Note the dial markers are on a second level to the numerals and there is a white arrow datum mark within the dial@12.  The screwed back is stainless steel states a Water Resistance of 3ATM – so casual bathing maybe OK, but forget the scuba gear!
A decent quality 22 mm wide nylon fabric strap and signed steel pin buckle completes the look, which overall is quite pleasing.
The movement is listed as a precision Japanese Quartz and if it’s anything like the model I already own, then I don’t foresee any issues.  My existing model is as accurate a Quartz movement as most in my collection, which considering the price paid has to be great value.

Stainless screw back - 3ATM Water Resistance - note the spelling of model?

Stainless screw back – 3ATM Water Resistance – note the spelling of model?

So overall I’m pretty impressed with this watch, both in terms of build quality which is not at all bad and function.  It also has classic looks with no gimmicks and for value it can’t be faulted.
It can however be faulted (I might be a bit picky here) in that Luminous quality – a feature that many cheaper watches often don’t manage too well.
That said though (and I tried this last night) it does manage a pretty fair luminescence for just over 3 hours in total darkness, which is actually better than many a more expensive model, but then it falls off to pretty much nothing.
My old Breitling as a comparison last night alongside was still very readable after 5 hours, then daylight dawned again, but Hey! you get what you pay for.

Note the interesting spelling of the word Model on the watch back – Modle – perhaps a Chinese interpretation!  ;-)

However – I do rate it – it’s a pretty good watch and for a Day & Date watch at a price difficult to match.  Can’t say fairer than that!

There’s Rolex and there’s . . .

. . . Rolex!

I suppose I must be in the minority, as for me Rolex watches are just not my favourite watch, though perhaps I should qualify this by saying “modern” Rolex models.

Modern but not for me!

Modern maybe, but not for me!

The older model such as the 1981 Rolex 1006 or perhaps the 1979 Submariner 5513 for example, or models that were basically around until the mid 1990’s I’d say, were and are still are the best of the bunch for me personally.  In fact the earlier vintages are much better in all cases for me.

Since then nothing has really appealed.  From then till now a sort of “sameness” seems to have occurred and no amount of tinkering with the models has altered my perception.  That said maybe the Cellini models are a step in the right direction, reflecting as they do some of those early models, but today’s mainstream models do nothing for me and especially the Sub this and the Mariner that range.

1950's Rolex two tone thunderbird bezel classic

1950’s Rolex two tone thunderbird bezel classic

It’s also true to say in my opinion anyway that maybe back in those pre-1990 days there wasn’t the same overbearing hype surrounding the Brand and folks who owned these Rolex models, actually appreciated the watch for what it was and not for the silly “I’ve got a Rolex” status symbol.

And in the early vintage days there were so many wonderful variants and styles that you were spoiled for choice and certainly to get one today will set you back a fair amount of cash, so perhaps I’ve created a rod for my own back, as these vintages are indeed the only models that attract me – and attract me they do!

1940 steel red centre sweep seconds - luminous hands

1940 steel red centre sweep seconds – luminous hands

Seems to me these days too many wearers seem far more interested in being seen with the big shiny “Rolex ” on their wrist, than in the attributes or otherwise of the particular model.
They value the status over the product – in other words the Brand, dare I say it, has gone too far and become synonymous with Bling.  And yes I accept – expensive Bling at that!

A bit like the UK expression “Oh my other car’s a Mercedes” when someone queried your 4 year old Volvo.  It’s the status aspect that assumes importance and the interest and not actually the car at all.

And that is surely a real shame as Rolex are a very good Brand indeed, but I see at Auction, people who obviously wouldn’t know a Rolex from a plastic kitchen clock, buying by description.  They just have to buy one – because they believe incredibly if they own one, they’ve made it!  They are now one of the elite – yes one of the “I’ve got a Rolex” brigade.

The sheer number of Rolex watches that come up for sale and offered on the market from Pawnbroker stocks, is staggering.  Usually dumped by those same folks who bought the watch as a status symbol in the first place and one of the first items to go, when financial reality comes home to roost.

There are so many of them, Rolex’s I mean – the market is awash with them and there are also thousands of fakes sloshing around.  Some Replicas these days look as good as the real thing.  Now that says to me, either the fakes are getting very much better or the Rolex itself is becoming old hat and boring – and I’m not really sure which.

So I’ll stick to my classic Vacheron Constantins, Pateks, Jaegers and yes to my true “vintage” Rolex models if I may.

1928 Rolex rectangular exploded numerals with sub seconds.

1928 Rolex rectangular exploded numerals with sub seconds.

Now they certainly don’t have the over-hyped status appeal of the big shiny modern Rolex, but do have a certain old “Classic” sophistication and that’s fine by me.  They are sleek, comfortable and discrete and with a subtle elegance and charm that usually goes un-noticed on my wrist.

And furthermore I have to say I’m actually rather pleased in the knowledge of ownership and when confronted with the Rolex bling – and it happens so, so often – I just smile to myself – quietly . . . . . .

However recently on a river cruise in Europe, I was at dinner and one of my companions who was wearing the biggest shiniest Rolex I’ve ever seen, did actually notice my watch which was just visible at my cuff.  In fact he always seemed to make a point of trying to see the watches of his fellow travellers.

‘You didn’t buy that on board did you?’ he commented.  ‘It looks real neat’.

‘It’s an old Rolex’, I said.

‘Rolex! Well it sure doesn’t look like one’, he said.

‘Ah well’, I replied, ‘there’s Rolex and there’s Rolex’.

NoteThe images of the vintage Rolex are from and are featured on www.vintagewatchcompany.com web site and are currently available for sale.  The vintagewatchcompany have the widest range of pre-owned Rolex and well worth a look.  Who knows you may be tempted!

“Keep it forever” watch?

So what’s your “keep it forever” watch?  Do you have one?  Are you even lucky enough to have one?

Mine is a no brainer – it’s my old 1999 Breitling Aerospace Titanium – and for me there’s nothing to touch it.  Some of my other models come close, true, but nothing beats it.

Breitling Aerospace Minute Repeater 1998 vintage

Breitling Aerospace Minute Repeater 1999 vintage

For me it has one of the best dial layouts you will ever see.  Easy to read analog with that so clever overhang minute hand, but also superb clarity of digital (and not many watches manage both I can tell you).  Still after 16 years a decent luminous analog even with such narrow and fine hands and on wrist is both light and slim (later models are larger and thicker).  And I can’t agree with those that say Titanium doesn’t last or it scratches badly, as this watch shows today as good as it was when I bought it.  It IS smooth I admit so there is obviously some wear there, but it’s simply smoothed those brand new edges and has mellowed with wrist/clothing wear and time.  Like that old penknife that’s worn smooth in your hand, but always with you.

I love the fact that under that extreme anti-reflective Sapphire crystal and clear window, sits that highly unusual LCD screen with it’s a polarization-sensitive dichroic filter.  This allows the LCDs to display in “inverted mode”, which in turn gives that wonderfully clear and bright “gold” text on the dark background – so good in any light.  And as quartz movements go this Breitling customized ETA module is very accurate.

The solid link Ti bracelet still operates perfectly even after 16 years and is so smooth to wear it’s the most comfortable watch I own.  Whether used as a dress watch or a practical outdoor watch it fits the bill every time and looks good!

OK It’s not Solar, but to change the battery every 5 or 7 years is no big deal and with a small amount of lubricant on the rubber seal, during the change, the 100 m Water Resistance remains intact.

This is absolutely my No.1 “keep forever” watch.

Of course we all have different ideas on what features a watch should have, though many folks go for the latest, or the most complicated function wise, regardless of the basic requirements that perhaps more honestly we actually might use.

A good tip (I think so anyway) is that for a “keep it forever” watch you would be well advised to look at Diver’s models, as these can easily be the most practical watches you will ever buy AND at reasonable cost.

Lot's of Divers - all super clear, Water Resistant, Tough, luminous and difficult to beat.

Lot’s of Divers – all super clear, Water Resistant, Tough, luminous and difficult to beat.

I have over a dozen models and quite a few meet not only my personal criteria (Easy to read, good Water Resistance, Luminous, Tough), but could well be that “once in a lifetime” model that never leaves your wrist.  These can be mechanical or quartz, Solar or not, some with Date and Day and some you could knock nails in with!

My Breitlng Areospace - taken today where it usually is - on my wrist.

My vintage 1999 Breitlng Areospace – image taken today where it usually is – on my wrist.

Now just to sort out you doubters about the condition of my old Breitling – just to be clear – this image above was taken 2 minutes ago on my wrist and as I Post.  Still looking good and probably if being entirely honest with myself and considering I collect watches (why do I do it?), maybe and truly this is the only watch I should have.  It suits me and does everything I need (and more actually), and does it all subtly and without fuss and fits my wrist size perfectly – What more can you ask?

Analog value

For pure value there’s not much to touch the digital range from Casio, but of course they also make Analog watches too – or had we forgotten.

Casio MRW200H-BVEF 100m Water Resistance Day and Date with lume - pretty good!

Casio MRW200H-BVEF 100m Water Resistance Day and Date with lume – pretty good!

And here they offer quite incredible value AND a reliability that probably no other Brand can achieve at this price point.  Here’s one that caught my eye – the MRW-200H-1BVEF,  basically as it is a Day AND date display watch AND it features luminous hands (another feature that so many of the cheap alternatives out their can’t seem to offer).

Casio have a few different color/style options of the same basic watch (MRW-200HC-4BVEF etc), so can just about match anyones preferences, which has to be good marketing.

Same again but with Red Resin strap.  Also available in black/green combination.

Same again but with Red Resin strap. Also available in black/green combination.

This model also manages a decent 100 m Water Resistance, which reinforces their very sound resin case, seal and metal back set up, which is both simple and effective.

And at these prices it’s difficult (I’d say impossible actually) to see what if anything offers better value.

These are presently on offer for around the £15.00 mark!

Now be honest – that’s just incredible value for a watch that is NOT a junior effort, but a decent 44.6 mm diameter with a rather neat 11.6 mm thickness – should look great on any wrist.

Vector – It’s about time.

Smart watches are becoming the “must” item to wear and the technology is sweeping forward despite the severe battery limitations, which have sadly not yet been resolved.

Vector Luna - the discrete Smart watch

Vector Luna – the discreet Smart watch

However a different approach has been championed by the Vector smart watch brand as in the case of the Luna model shown here.  Sticking with limited functions and a monochrome display, no touch screen and conventional “watch” pushers, this model manages 30 days easily.

It also displays the Time permanently, so is a proper watch, a discreet Smart watch if you will and that’s a concept that appeals to me.  I also love the fact it looks like a watch, behaves like a watch and doesn’t need charged every few days.  The fact that within the top (the CEO no less) management of the company is ex Timex, explains much of the “this is a watch” concept and means a watch at 42 mm diameter by 11 mm depth should fit most wrists.  A hardened mineral crystal and 50 metres Water Resistance also adds confidence on the model’s longevity.

Vector Luna - bracelet or strap versions

Vector Luna – bracelet or strap versions

Smart applications include Notifications from your Smart Phone, be it iPhone, Android or indeed Windows and such a choice is highly commendable in comparison to others.  A few different alternative watch faces, calendar reminders, basic activity tracking and basic alarms and so on are available and can be customized to a certain extend by the Vector App which resides on your phone.  In short it manages to provide you with features that you might actually use and not a silly mass of images and functionality that you  a) don’t really need and  b) drain your battery.

Vector App stream for Phone - easy to use and operate.

Vector App stream for Phone – easy to use and operate.

A refreshing change I’d say and shows us a Company with a clear vision of what they want from their product, unlike some, who throw in the kitchen sink regardless of practicality or battery usage concerns.

It’s also early days with Vector and I’m sure that subsequent versions will refine the functionality, features and display capability, hopefully without endangering the usability of the watch.

I like it.

Prices range from around £200 to £340, which seems to me to be pretty competitive – and there’s nothing to touch it out there for battery life – so Hey! it’s not a bad deal!

Note – As you will no doubt have figured out, I’ve not been a great advocate of the so called “Smart” watches and in particular at the stage these seems to be at.  I’ve always been of the opinion that we the buyer are financing development costs for products that are still at the “work in progress” stage.  However with the Vector some sense has prevailed and this is a watch which manages to give the wearer firstly a watch, then some sensible connectivity to most cell Phone systems with functions that we might actually use.

But as ever technology marches on and in the case of Smart technology the march has turned into a rush – so what next?  Tomorrow, next week . . . . . Time will tell.