This year brings us a great update of the Link Series, with small, subtle changes that make the most elegant Tag Heuer’s collection even more attractive. Most distinctive elements remained unchanged, while some fresh details rounded off the amazing aesthetic form. We have already introduced the outgoing Link Calibre S Chronograph model (right in the photo below) and now, it is a pleasure to review the latest 2011 version (the left picture) of this beautiful watch.
You will notice at the first glance that the distinctive Tag Heuer’s vertical texturing on the dial, applied on various brand’s timepieces, finally became a part of the Link Collection. It is a question of personal test whether one prefers a simple flat surface of a dial or a textured one. Anyway, one should appreciate how great this new brand’s trademark looks with Link’s design.
Furthermore, a thinner, two-piece bezel of the new Link Calibre S Chronograph makes the dial looks bigger and more open. As you can also notice, re-designed, faced and polished hour markers are a little bit larger, the 1/100th chrono counter is distinctive by an applied, textured semi-circle dial and finally, there is the hand-applied monochrome Tag Heuer’s logo. Faced, polished rhodium plated minute and hour hands come with luminescent markers.
The case of the 2011 model is more rounded and slightly larger, with the diameter of 43 mm (instead of 42 mm case of the last year’s Link Calibre S Chronograph). With a beautiful combination of brushed and polished stainless steel, this watch got an extra quality. Polished edges are applied on the case and the bracelet, as well. Along with the bigger case, comes a slightly larger size of chronograph pushers and a crown.
The new Tag Heuer Link Calibre S Chronograph also features a subtle change of the renowned Link bracelet. This highlight of the entire collection comes with flatter “Double-S” links than it was the case with the previous model. I will not write about the movement. It is the same Calibre S electro-mechanical movement and you can find out everything about it here, in the review of the outgoing model.
There is one commercial change, as well. The Link Collection is no longer linked with Tiger Woods, who recently became the new ambassador of Rolex, after Tag Heuer had decided to end its 9-year long partnership with the famous golfer.