The Link may be one of the lower-profile TAG Heuer model series, but there have been a couple of interesting models over the last 12 months, such as the Calibre 18 Chronograph from last year and this watch- the 2014 TAG Heuer Link Calibre 7 GMT. Second time-zone models have been part of the Link range for the last decade or so, many of which have tried to develop a more interesting approach to displaying the function.
Available in three dial colours, the new Link joins the Carrera as the second TAG Heuer series offering the GMT complication…although we do hear whispers that there are GMT variants of two other series coming in the next couple of months, so stay tuned.
The new watch uses the same 42mm stainless steel case as the Link Calibre 5 Day-Date, offering a pleasing size given its relative thin profile combined with a larger diameter. The Link of course continues to be defined by its bracelet (featuring the “Double-S” links” as much as any other element of the watch.
While the Link continues to fly under the radar for most, I think that the most recent design is a clever one, with a cushion-shaped bezel and clear, open dials.
Speaking of dials, it’s the dial that really sets the GMT apart from the rest of the current Link range , so let’s take a closer look.
The dial keeps the vertical streak pattern of the Link, but with a second internal dial that allows the second-time zone to be read. While the more typical GMT dial would have the GMT scale on the same outer-flange as the minutes, this solution offers a much clearer way of reading the second time-zone without cluttering the dial. It’s a simple and good-looking design, and one no doubt influenced by the Rolex Sky-Dweller.
History of the TAG Heuer Link GMT
A GMT model has long been part of the Link range, with three previous models over the last 10 years, starting with the watch that looks like a Chronograph- but isn’t.
2005 Link GMT- Ref. WJF2115
This Link goes back to a time when Tiger Woods was the series Ambassador, and there were several models released with Burgundy highlights. This watch uses an interesting movement from Dubois-Depraz called the Calibre 312. Based on the ETA 2892-A2, Dubois-Depraz added a GMT module and date function at 6 o’clock. There are three buttons on the watch:
- 2 o’clock: push to move the local time (GMT hand) forward)
- 4 o’clock: push to move the local time backwards
- 8 o’clock: rotate to move the date wheel.2 push buttons aside the crown : at 2 o’clock
2006/7 Link GMT Calibre 7- Ref. WJF2116
The next Link model used a more conventional approach, thanks to using an ETA 2893-2, which is the ETA-developed GMT version of the 2892 and the same movement used in the 2014 model. The date on this watch returns to the traditional 3 o’clock position.
2010 Link Advanced- Ref. WJ2010
The 2010 Advanced GMT had a novel approach to time-zones, with a rotating bezel turning the small dial at the 6 0’clock window via magnets. To make the watch work, you first had to set your home city/ time-zone by pressing a small hidden button on the side of the case at 10 o’clock.
Movement- Calibre 7
TAG Heuer offer two different movements called Calibre 7- the standard time-only Calibre 7 (ETA 2892) and the GMT calibre 7 (ETA 2893), which is the same movement but with ETA’s factory-fitted GMT module. As you can see below, the Calibre 7 GMT is controlled by the crown, which has three positions rather than the usual two.
Link Calibre 7 Silver Dial- Ref. WAT201B
Link Calibre 7 Anthracite Dial- Ref. WAT201C
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