Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Link Chronograph

Way back in December of 1990, there was a young man completing his degree at the University of Oregon.  He was given a choice between a Tag Heuer Link, and another more "standard" Tag Heuer model.  He opted for the standard model.  Yes, that young man was me.

At that time, the Link was a brand new thing, sort of sexy, but in all honesty?  It was "not ready for prime time".  It just didn't seem to come together for me.  It seemed more like a loosely constructed bracelet that was forcefully welded onto a watch head.  Now unfortunately, the Tag Heuer that I did choose had a "bumpy" ride, having repeat battery malfunctions and was "retired" a mere 3 years later in a Suburban Tokyo pawn shop where I traded it and 5,000 yen for a not-so-gently used Rado Green Horse.

Needless to say, I have often thought that had I chosen the Link, things might have turned out differently.  After all, wouldn't you like to still have your graduation present with you as you go through life?

Well, time has moved on as it inevitably must, and Tag Heuer have (at least in my opinion) finally come up with a Link model that is not only of the now, but will most definitely be aesthetically relevant into the future -

Courtesy of Tag Heuer

This is the recently released Tag Heuer Link Chronograph.  The case is stainless steel and measures 41 mm in diameter.  It is a three register chronograph providing hours, minutes, (constant) second and date as well as the aforementioned chronograph.  But the star of the show is the integrated steel bracelet.  And this is a HUGE step forward for Tag. Whereas the Link that I opted not to take way back then had a bracelet that did not really make it for me, this one is more ergonomic, smoother, and much better looking than its predecessor.  

Courtesy of Tag Heuer
Well, I've already gone through grad school, so it is probably too late for me to garner another "graduation watch", but this new Link makes it almost worth considering going back to school.

Here are the pertinents -

CBC2110.BA0603 (black dial)
CBC2112.BA0603 (blue dial)


TAG Heuer Calibre 17
Automatic chronograph with date


Diameter 41 mm – in steel
Fixed bezel in satin-finished steel
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflection coating
Steel crown at 3 o'clock
Chronograph push-pieces at 2 o'clock and 4 o'clock
Screw-down sapphire case back


Black or blue sunray
Black or blue flange with 60-second scale
3 black or blue snailed counters:
- Chronograph small second counter at 3 o'clock
- Chronograph hour counter at 6 o'clock
- Chronograph minute counter at 9 o'clock
Faceted and polished indices and hands, rhodium-plated with white SuperLuminova™
Date window at 4:30
Rhodium-plated "TAG Heuer" logo at 12 o'clock


100 metres


Steel with S-shaped links


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