My first high-end automatic Swiss watch
Those of you, who follow my blog for few years might remember, that one of my dreams was acquiring a high-end automatic Swiss watch. I have blogged about wristwatches a lot in the past. And after nearly four years of scheming and dreaming this dream came true last Saturday. I bought the TAG Heuer Link Calibre 5 with the Day and Date complications in Taipei's Ximending and today I would like to introduce the watch to those of you, who plan to buy this watch or just seek information. I hope it will be useful to you. Please scroll all the way down for a small demonstration video I made today and drop some comments after that. Thank you!
I think it's best, if I say we have found each other, even if it sounds cheesy. I was a big fan of Breitling watches, especially in 2009 I have done a lot of research on them. If you'd asked me about my favorite watch at that time, I'd told you Breitling Airwolf (with the white dial). But there were two problems with Breitling for me in the past. For one, they were too expensive for my budget (the ones I liked were over 3000 Euros) and secondly, they did not impress me that much in real as they did on photos. Checking the enormous online resource on your favorite watch is important, but the real thing is going to your local dealer and see the watches with your own eyes or even better, try them on. After I did that, it was a sobering experience for me and for a long while I have lost interest in getting a Swiss watch (there were also many other things happening in my life, which made it nearly impossible to focus on a watch at that time). And then in late 2010 I discovered TAG Heuer. I still wasn't as obsessed as I used to be, but I was definitely eyeing it. And then I moved to Taiwan and my life went up and down: So many things happened in a very short time, it was and still is crazy. And this was the time, where I finally had the time and the need to focus on my work and career. After my Taiwanese wedding, I have finally had the chance to save some money and reward myself. That's where the idea of buying a TAG Heuer watch became more and more concrete. I've read information online and visited two dealers in Taipei, tried various models, before I decided which one I would like to buy. And when I knew what I want, I finally bought it two days ago (yay!).
Read more about buying a watch in Taiwan>> (Coming soon)
I never saw TAG Heuer in the same group such as Rolex, Omega or Breitling. The first association of the latter ones is prestige and sometimes boasting. Of course this is just the first thought someone has, who's not very knowledgeable of the world of exquisite timepieces. Those who know these watches, must be smiling, as it's very obvious to them what each brand really represents. But let's go back to TAG Heuer. I can only speak for my country, when I say that it's not among the top desired luxury watches, it was always quite unknown to me. I only saw the name during various sports events such as skiing. And later, when I started to travel, I saw a lot of TAG Heuer watches at airports, where the fascination with them started to grow. That's where I came to the notion, that these watches are very stylish. I like the sporty design, that matches casual outfits, but still looks exquisite enough for a formal wear. I had three favorite series: Link, Carrera and Grand Carrera. The latter however was too expensive and too big and bulky and I might bought it, if I was 20 years older. Carerra is awesome, but at this point of my life, I'm not ready to spend over that much for a watch yet, but naturally Carerra might be my next watch, maybe in 10 years? Who knows. At this point I chose a watch from the Link series, which labels itself as a sporty and elegant wristwatch, something that appeals to a
not so young anymore guy, that's stuck between traveling for fun and business trips. I needed and wanted a watch, that could accompany me in all these situations and a Link fits perfectly in my current life.
The current TAG Heuer Link series offers watches with following movements:
Calibre 16: Chronograph, 43mm, white or black dial
Calibre S: Electro-Mechanical Chronograph, 43mm, white or black dial
Calibre 5: Day-Date, 42mm, white or black dial, bezel with Roman or Arab numbers
Calibre 6: Date, 40mm, white or black dial
Quartz: 40mm, white or black dial
The choice is especially big, when it comes to Day-Date, my instant favorite. This year the model was redesigned (see photo above for a comparison, photo by TAG Heuer) and the numerous small changes do give you some time to think, however I was instantly enamored with the 2010 model, which features the Day of the week complication at 12 o'clock. In addition I need to admit, that I was almost equally fascinated with the Link Calibre 6 model for a while. However, I did not like the small second hand at 6 o'clock, I like a big second hand and a bit bigger case, 42mm looked better on my wrist than 40mm. But when I finally sorted out, which model and movement I want, I was having a hard time deciding, whether I want the model with the black or the white dial. I was strongly leaning to white, my wife, too. However, the dealer told me black looks better on a young person, while white might be more suitable for older gentlemen. He had a point and he tipped me over to the black version. And I'm very happy I followed his advice, as I completely love the watch. And I consider myself very lucky, because I feel that the new design is not good, it's too simple, when it comes to the dial and too over when it comes to the bezel (with the redundant numerals). The best part of the 2010 Day-Date design is the unique curved day display at 12 o'clock. No idea, why they placed it down to 6 o'clock and merged it with the date complication, they destroyed one of the finest design elements of the watch. I also love the numerals in English letters, which are now gone in the new model, another faux pas, if you ask me. That's why I'm very happy, that I bought the model with the older design, which I like much more.
Let's see some of the strongest points of the Link Day-Date, which will be one of the main focuses of my future reviews.
- Fine brushed polished steel case
- Polished steel crown and bezel
- Scratch resistant sapphire crystal, double anti-reflective treatment
- Scratch resistant crystal caseback
- Distinctive S-link bracelet with a secure folding clasp
- Hand applied TAG Heuer logo
- Hour numerals in English language
- Luminescent hour and minute hand, polished
- Sweeping second hand, polished
- Luminescent hour markers
- Water resistant 200m
- Power reserve 38 hours
- Self-winding Calibre 5 movement
- Day of the week at 12 o'clock
- Date at 6 o'clock
This weekend I have realized, that it's very hard to take good photos of a new watch. Firstly, my wife's camera had limits when it comes to close objects in a bad light. I took much better photos, when I used her Nokia N8 and went outside under the day light. That's why you'll see photos of various quality, some were taken inside in the evening, some outside during the day. I chose my favorite photos and hope you like them, too. These are the photos that show my watch in the best way possible:
I love this watch, because it's really an exquisite timepiece. It's a wristwatch, that has a sporty touch, but still feels like a luxury watch, however not in the kitchy sense like a lot of golden watches, more in the sense of a high-quality product, that seeks perfection in functionality and design. The first two days I'm completely happy with it and I have to say, that the Calibre 5 movement is very accurate. The dealer told me, that 6-10 seconds per day +/- is within a norm, if it over these limitations, the watch should be brought back and needs to be adjusted. I was told, that especially in the first 3 months, when the watch gets used to your daily hand motion, a certain kind of inaccuracy can occur. I still need to wait and see, if I will have a problem in this area. If you're right now trying to figure out, which TAG Heuer watch you think would be best for you, you have no better option than visiting your local dealer and try on various watches. Get the feel on your wrist, get to see the design and all the fine touches from closeup and your decision will be made much faster. If you're into the TAG Heuer Link series, I hope this post serves you as a good reference. Now I need to stop writing this post, it's late, I have no time. But at least I have a great watch.
Please check my post about TAG Heuer Link Date Calibre 6 here>>