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 16. The new model is a slim-line two-register automatic chronograph and is the first model to use TAG Heuer's Calibre 16 movement. What is the Calibre 16? We'll get to that shortly…
The new replica 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 replica watches goes beyond the 3-register vs. 2-register dial layout- the new Link has gone on a diet.
TAG Heuer refer to the new model as a "Slim line" chronograph, meaning a 40mm stainless steel case vs. 43mm for the Calibre 16 model and a slimmer case:
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.
The Calibre 16 is a new TAG Heuer movement supplied by Dubois Depraz. The movement is a modular chronograph that combines a Sellita SW300 base and a DD-2223 chronograph module.
Like the Calibre 72 Aquaracer we showed you last week, the Calibre 16 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.