Over the next 30 days, you can expect to see Gadgets 4 Guys feature watch after watch as we try to help men everywhere get the right accessory for the Spring. We’re going to feature watches across a very wide variety of budgets, looks, and functionalities. We kick things off with a watch from a company called Autran & Viala that we’ll call the Plano for this feature. They sent us a demo of their product so we were able to try it out firsthand and we really liked it. We’ll break down our insights as we got to experience this product.
It’s a weird rule but one thing we always pay attention to is the packaging a watch arrives in. It seems that when somebody puts a lot of thought into something as minor as the box/package of a watch, that same level of scrutiny is carried over to the design of the watch. Autran didn’t disappoint with their packaging as you can see from the photo wheel.
We’re big fans of the idea that “simple is more” and Autran was able to execute that with the Plano. The casing itself is a 40mm so you should definitely understand what that means from a sizing perspective. Big watch faces have been the fad for the past few years (44MM and bigger) so this is slightly smaller than what you might normally expect. We actually loved the smaller watch face though as it fit our wrist perfectly. Sometimes those over-sized watch faces can make you look like you have tiny and dainty wrists (not that we have a complex or anything). The dial was a classic black with white hands which made the watch very versatile from a business to casual setting. It’s been a while since we’ve worn a watch with leather straps so the drop in expected weight was an adjustment for us but it did make it easier to do things like type (and not feel like you were holding a 5lb weight on your wrist). The watch is also water resistant but we’re not sure how well those leather straps will hold up in general if you expose them to the elements regularly. The movement on the watch is a Swiss made (those guys kind of know watches) Rondo 715 Quartz if you are looking for a very specific type of watch.
The Company History
The dates of inspiration for this watch company go all the way back to 1767 where an adventurer named Jean Autran began to formulate the plan for a watch factory. Due to the factory and business needs, Autran needed a partner and brought Johann Viala on board. They signed a contract in 1967 and used the foundations set by these creators so many years ago to help dictate the style and design of their watches today.
Our final thoughts on the watch were how much we liked the versatility of the watch combined with an affordable price tag. The ability to wear this in a variety of settings made it a very nice watch. If you’re used to stainless steel or gold watches that have significant weight on your wrist, Autran might not be the watch for you. We actually enjoyed how light the watch was but understand that everybody has different preferences. We encourage you to go check out the watch and get one for yourself today! Click here for image source and where to purchase the Plano Watch.