The Link is actually one of TAG Heuer‘s most redesigned modern-era watches, with a host of models that have existed in the collection’s history starting in 1987. That means that, for 2017, the Tag Heuer Link Automatic Replica collection turns 30 years old, and on this occasion, TAG Heuer offers a brand new design for both men and women. This is the TAG Heuer Link Calibre 5 collection for men (release covered here), which debuts the new TAG Heuer Link case, dial, and bracelet. A women’s collection in a 36mm-wide case also exists, with quartz movements.
My first TAG Heuer timepiece was a Link, but it had a very different look than these new 2017 models. The Tag Heuer Link Quartz Replica was always meant to be a watch that combined the appeal of both a dress and sports watch – but it does feel as though for 2017 these watches are a bit more on the dress-watch side. With that said, if you consider the TAG Heuer Link a dress watch, at least it isn’t a boring one. The new interpretation of the Link’s “S-link” bracelet is decidedly dressier, and the dial is more simple, with an ultra-legible set of aggressive-looking hands and hour markers.
2017 sees three silver-plated dial color versions of the Tag Heuer LINK Replica Calibre 5 which are silver, blue, or a dark gray (black) color. The case is all steel and 41mm wide, with a sort of cushion-style look which is integrated into the tapering Link bracelet. The case/bracelet integration makes for a cohesive look similar in concept to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak or Patek Philippe Nautilus, which is one good reason such designs have endured for so long.
One design element which very much defines the 2017 Tag Heuer Link Chronometer Replica models is case polishing. Many of the Link watches I remember have all brushed/satin polished cases, whereas the 2017 collection has contrasting polished and brushed surfaces. This is most apparent in the bracelet, which with this new amount of polish offers a lot of shine compared to more matte-finished TAG Heuer Link bracelets of a while ago. Interestingly enough, TAG Heuer makes some other watches with Link-style bracelets in both the Carrera and Formula 1 collections.