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…
The 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
- 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.
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
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.
Photos courtesy of TAG Heuer