The highlight of TAG Heuer’s first batch of 2018 releases is the new Link Calibre 17 Chronograph. It felt inevitable when we saw the men’s Link relaunched last year with a 3-hand watch (Calibre 5) model that we would eventually see a Chronograph follow, but the execution of the watch is even better than we’d thought at the time. Historically, Link Chronographs have used the Calibre 16 movement, meaning sub-dials arranged in a 12-6-9 formation. But TAG Heuer has instead chosen to fit the Calibre 17 movement, with our preferred 3-6-9 layout.
Even better, TAG Heuer has kept the case size at 41mm- identical to the Calibre 5 model. The combination of the classical dial layout, sleek new case design and modest case size makes the 2018 Link Chronograph one of our favourites in the TAG Heuer range.
While the case and bracelet of the Calibre 17 watch are the same as the Calibre 5, the Chronograph functionality means a re-design of the dial. As you can see below, the dial has a starburst finish, while the 3 sub-dials have an azurage pattern. Look a little closer and you see a more complicated finish to each sub-dial, with a broader azurage track used on the outer-part of the register.
As with other 3-register Calibre 17 TAG Heuers (in recent years, the majority of Calibre 17 models have offered only two registers) of the past, the date window sits at 4.30.
Overall, the dial design gets a big tick from us- perhaps the only detail we’d change would be to delete the “automatic” text from the dial. Otherwise, we think this is one of the better looking modern TAG Heuers of recent years.
2018 Link Chronograph Range
While the Calibre 5 Link range is comprised of three models- white, black and blue dials- the starting range for the Chronograph series is made up of two dial options.
Link Calibre 17- Ref. CBC2110
While the Calibre 5 model with the black dial has an opaline finish, the Chronograph black dial has a starburst finish.
Link Calibre 17- Ref. CBC2112
The Calibre 17 movement is an ETA 2894-2 movement, a Calibre first used by TAG Heuer in the mid-1990s. You can read more about the movement here.
The movement is visible through the sapphire caseback.
Geneva Sidebar- 2018 Diamond Link Calibre 5
TAG Heuer has added two diamonds-encrusted models to the Link Calibre 5 range.
Link WBC2116: bezel, dial and bracelet set with diamonds
The first model has a Blue mother-of-pearl dial with twelve diamonds on the dial replacing the usual hour-markers. There are more diamonds on the bezel, with 54 VS diamonds of 1.80mm (1.08 ct) and on the bracelet, a further 204 diamonds between 1.30mm and 1.80mm.
The watch is priced at US$21,000.
Link WBC2113: bezel set with diamonds
The second model restricts the diamonds to the bezel, with the usual Calibre 5 dial and the standard stainless steel bracelet. This Calibre 5 is priced at US$5,200, a premium of $2,300 over the standard steel model.
Price and Availability- Link Chronograph (Ref. CBC2110, CBC2112)
The 2018 TAG Heuer Link Chronograph is already live on the TAG Heuer online store, so expect the watches to be in authorised dealers very shortly. Both black and blue-dial models are priced at US$4,950/ CHF 4,750/ €4,250.
We look forward to getting our hands on the Link Chronograph for a more detailed review over the next few weeks.