The first and most obvious change: gone is the green case. The Generation 1986 is basic black, with a black dial and a matching black integrated strap. The dial still pops though, with alternating red and yellow hour markers. The handset has also been changed, with the shovel hands replaced with modern, thin baton style hands. Also present is a general sense of geometric confusion (the best kind) with a dial featuring a mix circles and rectangles, with a triangle thrown in for good measure.
As with prior Hodinkee-Swatch collaborations, this one features a Sistem51 as the base watch. The Sistem51 is a fairly revolutionary movement from Swatch, assembled entirely by machine, with just 51 components. The technical achievement here really can’t be understated, as Swatch has fully automated a process that for centuries involved, at some level, the touch of a human hand. Notably, this particular Sistem51 also features a Nivachron hairspring, a brand new component introduced by the Swatch Group earlier this year. This hairspring is made from titanium, and is resistant to magnetism and thought to be more shock resistant and durable than a traditional hairspring. It’s a truly significant upgrade, and in a watch that comes in under $200 is absolutely nothing to sneeze at.