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TAG Heuer Link Calibre 18- First Look

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a new Link model, but here is a new addition to the range- the TAG Heuer Link Calibre 18. The new model is a slim-line two-register automatic chronograph and is the first model to use TAG Heuer’s Calibre 18 movement. What is the Calibre 18? We’ll get to that shortly…

TAG Heuer Link Calibre 18_3The new watch is the second model in the mechanical chronograph Link range, a more elegant model positioned above the sporty Calibre 16 Chronograph. The key differentiation between the two watches goes beyond the 3-register vs. 2-register dial layout- the new Link has gone on a diet.

The Slim Line Chronograph

TAG Heuer Link Calibre 18_2TAG Heuer refer to the new model as a “Slim line” chronograph, meaning a 40mm stainless steel case vs. 43mm for the Calibre 16 model and a slimmer case:

  • Link Calibre 6- 12.2mm
  • Link Calibre 16- 16.1mm
  • Link Calibre 18- 14.4mm

The slim line model gains a new dial, a two-piece design with an outer-dial featuring vertical streaks and an inner circle boasting a star-burst finish. The new dial gains longer hour-markers than those found on the Calibre 16, but loses the inner tachy scale of its bigger, sportier brother.

The two-registers sit in the traditional 3-6 position, perhaps the purest chronograph layout. Detracting from this balance is the placement of the sub-dials, which perhaps look a little too close together.

Movement

TAG Heuer Link Calibre 18_6The Calibre 18 is a new TAG Heuer movement supplied by Dubois Depraz. The movement is a modular chronograph that combines a Sellita SW300 base and a DD-2223 chronograph module.

Like the Calibre 72 Aquaracer we showed you last week, the Calibre 18 is another example of TAG Heuer diversifying its range of movements away from the ubiquitous (at least for the moment) ETA calibres. The Dubois Depraz/ Sellita combination now features in a growing range of TAG Heuer models, including the Calibre 12 Monaco.

Link Calibre 18 Range

CAT2111- Silver Dial

TAG Heuer Link Calibre 18_4CAT2110- Black Dial

TAG Heuer Link Calibre 18_1Price and Availability

TAG Heuer Link Calibre 18_5The 2013 TAG Heuer Link Calibre 18 goes on sale from November this year, with an expected price in Switzerland of CHF4,900, a premium of approximately CHF1,000 over the Calibre 16 model.

This is one watch that we’re very much looking forward to seeing in person to assess the balance of the dial (the “closeness” of the sub-dials appears less of an issue in the photo above) and whether the smaller and slimmer case makes a meaningful difference on the wrist.

Further Reading

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Photos courtesy of TAG Heuer

  • Mark

    Hi David

    I am a massive fan of bi compax lay outs. I really like the balance it gives the watch. What worries me a little is the price…at say slightly under $5800 AUD would you not be more inclined to buy a 1887? Also, how many people will understand the pricing difference from the Cal. 16 Link? Do most people know that DD are probably the best mass produced chronograph makers in the world? I know most agents do not even know who DD is. Would like to know your thoughts on this?

    Cheers

  • Hi Mark. Yes, I'd buy the Carrera, but that's because the Link series is not for me- its the only TAG Heuer series that I've never owned at some stage. I do think that they are different markets- The Link is probably more formal/ the Carrera more sporty.

    I do think that some people who don't like the thickness of the Calibre 16 will find the Calibre 18 more to their liking- especially in Asian markets.

    You're right about Dubois-Depraz- a famous name that worked on the Calibre 11 of 1969…so a long heritage of working with TAG Heuer!

    dc