Need another flavor of TAG Heuer Link? The newest chronograph version of the iconic collection will be this Link Calibre 18 watch – a new Link with a new movement for TAG Heuer. The Swiss brand revamped the Link collection with an updated case and bracelet back in 2011. Since that release we aren’t aware of too many new Link models until now with the Calibre 18. So what is new? TAG Heuer adds to the three register Link Calibre 16 chronograph with this two register model. The Calibre 18 automatic movement is a base Sellita SW300 (ETA 2892 analog) with a chronograph module produced by Dubois-Depraz.
The Calibre 18 is very similar to the Calibre 12 movements (found in Monaco collection pieces for example). Unlike the larger Link Calibre 16 watches (with base 7750 movements) that are 43mm wide, the Calibre 18 watches are 40mm wide, and considered slim at 14.4mm thick. That isn’t slim per se, but “slimmer” for a chronograph watch. These new mid-sized Link models feature fresh dials and fit into the popular bi-compax (two register) chronograph look that many brands are gravitating toward.
TAG Heuer will offer the Link Calibre 18 in both a black dialed (ref. CAT2110) model and a silvered dialed (ref. CAT2111) version. In a big way you can see these mid-range two register chronographs as being more affordable versions of TAG Heuer’s ultimate two register chronograph movement, the Calibre 36, which you can find in some high-end Carrera models and is essentially a Zenith El Primero high-beat chronograph. Prices for those starts at 7,500 Swiss Francs, while you can get a Link Calibre 18 for 4,900 Swiss Francs soon. tagheuer.com
I’d also have enjoyed for the 12 o’clock hour mark to be somewhat different in design in the remainder of the hour mark. This is a frequent practice which is valued because it helps the viewer’s mind orientate the dial up when looking at it from different angles. Possessing a distinctive-looking 12 o’clock hour marker just overall helps with legibility, but also orientates the design so it’s a proper “upward” and “down” It may have been enough for them to just create the 12 o’clock hour marker a bit wider, or even an applied version of the TAG Heuer logo. Also given the size of this hands and hour mark, I bet that this watch dial would seem cool with tritium gas tubes (OK, now I am just going outside of what the manufacturer would even do). Overall, I applaud TAG Heuer on their ability to remain on task with the dial of the Link Calibre 5. It’s sporty, legible, attention-grabbing, and, as controlled as possible. The scenario, which will be 41mm wide and water resistant to 100m (not a screw-down crown) is in steel, and quite different than previous generation Connect models. The case is really three different shapes all somehow rolled into one. The Link situation is around, tonneau, and cushion-shaped. How did that occur? This is because the dial is round, the bezel is cushion-shaped, and the case itself is tonneau, with broad lugs that incorporate right into the bracelet. I know for certain that the method by which in which the Link seems on the wrist is very different than previous ones and this will make some fans a bit standoffish at first. To those people, I would urge patience and let the brand new design grow. This may be a new personality for the TAG Heuer Link, however it’s a welcome one with a more spirited voice and sense of purpose.