The Link collection is one of the most popular for TAG Heuer, and 2017 actually marks its 30th anniversary. It was first introduced in 1987 as the S/el, but was later renamed to Link. The name refers to the signature double S links of the watches’ bracelets. The Link collection is made up of watches for both men and women. And since the women’s Link collection was refreshed last year, this year is the men’s turn. And here, we are going to take a look at the new TAG Heuer Link models equipped with the Calibre 5 automatic movement.
These TAG Heuer Link models outfitted with the Calibre 5 are the most basic three-handed Link models. And if history is anything to go by, there will be more complicated models coming with features such as GMT, chronograph, and even retrograde display complications. For now, three references will be offered with the key difference being the dial color.
The biggest change with these new TAG Heuer Link Calibre 5 models is the case. The case is still made out of stainless steel, but the size has been enlarged by a single millimeter to 41mm. Next, the shape of the case has been changed to something that is a hybrid of a round case and a cushion case. Actually, what’s happening here is that the base is a (very rounded) cushion-shape, whereas the bezel is round. It certainly does give the new TAG Heuer Link Calibre 5 models a more elegant look. Water resistance is 100 meters, which is adequate for a sports watch.
Another change to note is the lugs’ new design that allow for the bracelet to be integrated into the case. The bracelet still sports the iconic S-shaped links and also features alternating polished and brushed finishes for a more refined look. The links are also rounded on the edges for better wearing comfort. An integrated lug design, of course, means that other straps won’t fit on it, which is a bit of a bummer for enthusiasts that like to change around the looks of their watches – though, that might not matter much, as the bracelet is such a big part of the TAG Heuer Link’s identity.
Three dial options are available: silver, black, and blue. The silver and black dial variants are the most traditional and elegant. Whereas the blue version, with its sunray finish, is easily the most sporty of the trio. The hands as well as the baton indices for the hours are crafted out of steel and are filled with white Super-LumiNova. At 12 o’clock, you have the TAG Heuer logo in applique, and at 6 o’clock you have the model name and movement inscribed onto the dial. Lastly, there’s a date window at 3 o’clock.
I’m picky about date windows, and I think these new models would really benefit from having a steel frame surrounding the date window. I think that would make it look even more elegant. Also, one thing to note is that while the black and silver dial versions have date wheels that match the color of the dial, the blue dial version has a white date wheel. It’s a small thing, but it can bother some people. Still, all things considered, it’s a rather harmonious-looking dial that is neither busy nor too sterile.
These new models are powered by the automatic TAG Heuer Calibre 5, which is an ETA-2824 or equivalent movement. This means a beat-rate of 4Hz and a power reserve of around 40 hours, all of which is decent but certainly nothing to get excited about.
I think TAG Heuer has done a good job on redesigning the Link collection for men. I especially like the new case design, which is quite unusual and makes it unique. Round watches are a dime a dozen these days and having a distinctive case design can really help distinguish one from the crowd. The new TAG Heuer Link Calibre 5 watches are priced at €2,700. tagheuer.com