The watches in the TAG Heuer Link collection stand out with their sporty-elegant designs. Their defining feature is a comfortable steel bracelet made of s-shaped links. Models with special features, such as a chronograph, offer functionality.
Rarely is an entire watch series named after its accompanying bracelet. However, that's exactly the case when it comes to TAG Heuer's Link series. The stainless steel bracelet is the defining feature of this collection. The bracelets differentiate themselves from usual bracelets by their s-shaped links which are connected together in two rows. This layout makes wearing the bracelet incredibly comfortable. Women's models also feature this unique bracelet.
TAG Heuer has offered sporty-elegant watches in their Link series since 1999. The Link watches have origins tracing back to the S/EL line of watches from 1987. "S/EL" stands for Sports Elegant. The La Chaux-de-Fonds-based manufacturer offers simple three-hand models as well as GMT watches and chronographs in this series.
The company, founded in 1860, is most famous for their chronographs. There's no other watch in the world with a closer relationship to racing than the TAG Heuer Carrera. The watch's chronograph function, controlled by stop and start push-pieces, allows you to use it as a stopwatch. Small subdials display timed minutes and hours.
GMT watches are perfect for anyone who travels often and wants to keep an eye on multiple time zones. The usual three hands for hours, minutes, and seconds display the local time. An additional hand indicates a second time zone, usually the home time. GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time and is a common term for watches with a second time zone. GMT models with a day/date display also feature the date and day of the week. Like the Rolex Day-Date, the Link watches display the day of the week written out in full. The date/day display is located at six o'clock.
If you're looking for a sporty watch that retains a touch of elegance, then the TAG Heuer Link series is perfect for you. Simple three-hand watches are available for just over 1,000 euros, and older quartz models go for about 500 euros. Different chronograph movements allow you to use the watches as timers. Pre-owned chronographs are available for around 1,200 euros, while new models start around 2,800 euros. GMT watches display two time zones at once; new, these watches cost around 2,000 euros. Likewise, new day/date models cost around 2,000 euros.
The design of the stainless steel or bicolor watches is elegant enough to suit the office, dinner, or the opera. The series' namesake link bracelet is a noticeable, characteristic feature. The bracelet is made of two rows of s-shaped links, which create a very comfortable wearing experience. The Swiss manufacturer Ebel has a similar bracelet, the wave bracelet, which is a defining feature of their series.
Due to their elegant look, the Link watches have a classier feel than the sport models in the Carrera or Aquaracer lines. Therefore, a Link watch is a great choice to wear to the office. The bracelet is available in stainless steel or a bicolor version with yellow gold accents. The fixed bezel is a characteristic feature of these watches. The three-hand models often feature a fully polished bezel or one with a 12-hour scale with Arabic numerals. Small dots serve as place holders for uneven numbers. In tandem with the stick hour indices on the dial, the bezel makes it easy to read the time. The indices are hand-applied, polished, and domed. Models with a chronograph function have a tachymetric scale on the bezel, which enables the wearer to measure speed over a certain distance.
You have the choice between a silver, black, anthracite, or blue dial. Some versions feature vertical stripes or a sunray effect. Luminescent markers on the rehaut - the edge of the dial - work together with luminescent hands to create excellent readability, even at night. The hands are faceted, rhodium-plated, and polished, and the chronographs often feature a red-tipped chronograph seconds hand. Particularly striking is the 3D subdial at nine o'clock, which is bordered by a silver ring and functions as the small seconds. The cases of these timepieces are polished and satinized. Thanks to their screw-down crowns and case backs, they're waterproof to 100 m (10 bar). Some models feature sapphire glass case backs, giving you a full view of the automatic caliber.
Elegance and functionality characterize the watches in the Link collection. In addition to the chronographs, which are available in two models with different calibers, there are GMT watches. GMT watches are watches which use a fourth hand and a ring with a 24-hour scale on the dial to display the time in a second time zone. The second hour hand is easily identifiable by its unique tip, a white triangle with a red border. The hand makes one full rotation every 24 hours. If you're in another time zone, then you can determine what time it is back home by just one glance at your watch. The 24-hour ring makes it easy to tell whether it's day or night. Older models have a 24-hour bezel with a significantly longer fourth hand. The bezels on these versions take on the function of the centrally positioned 24-hour ring on the newer models.
The automatic Calibre 7 powers the GMT watches, which have a date display at six o'clock. The movement is based on the ETA movement 2893-2, which builds upon ETA 2892 by adding a fourth hand for the second time zone. The balance wheel vibrates at a frequency of 28,800 alternations per hour (A/h), or 4 Hz, and has a stop mechanism. When the crown is pulled out, the balance wheel stops, the second hand freezes, and you can set your watch to the exact second. The date display has rapid date correction. You can use the watch for an impressive 42 hours before it needs to be wound up.
When it comes to the chronographs, you have the choice between models with a 43-mm or 40-mm diameter. The different sizes are due to the different calibers that are used. Price wise, both versions remain under four-figures. The Calibre 16 powers the 43-mm version, a movement which is based on the reliable Valjoux 7750 caliber by ETA or the similarly built Sellita SW 500. The 7750 is perhaps the most successful automatic chronograph movement and therefore is often used by top manufacturers such as IWC, Hublot, and Tudor. It has a 42-hour power reserve, a date display at three o'clock, and a stop-seconds mechanism. The small seconds is located at nine o'clock, the 30-minute counter at twelve o'clock, and the 12-hour counter at six o'clock.
TAG Heuer utilizes a smaller movement in the 40-mm version, the Calibre 18. These watches are characterized by their two subdials at three (small seconds) and nine (30-minute counter) o'clock. The Calibre 18 is based on the Sellita SW 300, which is very similar to ETA's 2892-A2. The SW 300 is a simple three-hand movement, but can be transformed into a chronograph movement by adding the module DD-2223 by Dubois Dépraz, an ébauche manufacturer. The balance wheel has a frequency of 28,800 A/h, and rapid date correction allows you to quickly set the date at the six o'clock position. The power reserve lasts around 40 hours.