TAG Heuer Steel Link for men Calibre 5
The TAG Heuer Steel Link for men Calibre 5 is the latest iteration of the legendary watch, first unveiled in 1987. Some 30 years since its inaugural unveiling, the watch continues to dazzle with its ergonomic bracelet.
This detailed review of the TAG Heuer Steel Link for men Calibre 5 includes live images, specification details and pricing.
Today, is the first day of my latest diet. The waistband of my trousers is a tad too tight and I am a little breathless when climbing the stairs. Sound medical advice dictates that there is a link between obesity and high blood pressure. Moreover, there is a link between consuming sugary foods and type 2 diabetes. The problem with middle-age is that there is always a medical practitioner pointing out a link between an unhealthy habit and a potentially serious health condition. I confess I am a little bored hearing about ‘links’ and healthy virtues.
However, TAG Heuer recently unveiled a new Link which I was very interested in hearing about. It does not highlight a medical misdemeanour on my part but rather an ergonomic bracelet, ‘boasting the signature S-shaped links’ found on the first Link timepiece unveiled in 1987.
At Baselworld 2017, the avant-garde Swiss watch brand released a trilogy of models destined to dazzle with their achingly gorgeous appearance.
The Link is available with a choice of three dial options: black, silver-plated or blue sunray. Personally, I prefer the latter option, but all three dial colours are highly attractive.
The blue sunray dial resembles light kissing the surface of water, exuding an array of shades, all emanating from the fulcrum of the dial. The steel hour and minute hands are silver in tone and lined with white luminescent fill. Interestingly, the minute hand is notably long, reaching the chapter ring with its elongated form.
Residing below noon, the brand’s logo is presented in crisp, white detail. A date aperture is positioned at 3 o’clock and is of sufficient scale to bestow superb legibility.
Each hour is denoted with an applied index, faceted in form and lined with white luminescent fill. A central sweep seconds hand completes the inventory of functions.
The 41mm stainless steel case is like no other. There are no lugs, the aforementioned Link bracelet is integrated into the case, ‘making horns superfluous’. The resultant outcome is a fluidity to the aesthetic appearance of the case and an ergonomic union with the wrist which usurps the majority of bracelet equipped watches.
The upper surface of the bezel is circular while the lower part of the bezel, adjacent the main body of the case, is a fusion of round and cushion shaped forms. By adopting this styling detail, the mix of shapes confers a gentle tone and softly spoken nature. Moreover, the base of the case is also cushion-shaped.
One of the key areas which differentiates the Link from other watches is the repeated interplay of polished and satin-brushed surfaces. This treatment not only includes the case but also extends to the bracelet. Furthermore, each bracelet link is rounded on the top, bottom and sides conferring a supremely smooth feel.
The crown is neat and features two subtle protectors either side, affording protection without cluttering the case-band or marring the glorious simplicity of line found on the flanks of the case.
TAG Heuer has equipped the Link with the well-proven Calibre 5 movement which features within the Aquaracer 300M Calibre 5 Steel Bezel that I reviewed last year.
In this instance the movement is not hidden behind a solid case-back, but openly shown via a pane of sapphire crystal.
The movement has a frequency of 28,800 VpH (4Hz) and a power reserve of 38 hours.
Despite the Link being 30 years old, the essence of what makes it appealing has not waned over the years. Indeed, this latest incarnation looks fresh and modern whilst still sharing the same design DNA of the 1987 original.
The seamless marriage between the case and the bracelet continues to proffer much eye-appeal. Moreover, the supremely smooth bracelet continues to envelope the wrist in the same friendly fashion of the 1987 version. Few watches feature a bracelet of such protracted creation, fusing a mix of polishing techniques and a fluidity that bestows peerless wearer comfort.
To focus solely on the bracelet would be to do a disservice to the dial which is eminently legible, especially with its elongated minute hand and lucid date display. The dial combines ease of read-off with a noteworthy quotient of style.
Finally, the blend of circular and cushion shapes on the bezel and case reinforces the gentle character of this watch. Not all links are boring, as TAG Heuer has clearly shown. Indeed, this is one Link I will never tire talking about.
- Model: TAG Heuer Steel Link for men Calibre 5
- Reference: WAY2112.BA0603
- Case: Stainless steel case; diameter 41mm; water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; central sweep seconds; date.
- Movement: Calibre 5; self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz); 25-26 jewels; power reserve 38 hours
- Strap: Steel with S-shaped links