All right, Purists… Here are my (FH) thoughts.

Jun 30, 2019,16:42 PM

First and foremost—call it cliche if you must—how lucky we all are to participate in such a supportive community! From our uber-experienced moderators to the least (myself, certainly) of us... fellows (male as well as female) in this fascinating forum. Thanks be to all for the generosity of spirit shown here time and again—and daily!

Now… This was a contest and someone has to win. But we all understand that that IS NOT the point. Rather the sharing of various tastes and idiosyncrasies expands our horizons in the most delightful way. And this week's edition of Wristscan certainly did not disappoint. From loud and wild, to the most sedate, the entries speak for the diversity of this community. And that diversity is our greatest strength.

Yet, still… a winner. C'mon, Fred. Don't keep 'em waiting any longer!

So. A few categories.

Photography: How anyone could top HSTE's sub zero photo of the Sinn I can't imagine. 

And against the many colors of white, the green—a moss green, rather like an uncovered bit of lichen inadvertently dug up by a foraging animal—is such a surprise! Yet, good-humored—like a wink. Marvelous! Kudos!

Exuberance: Several entries pop out here, especially these Swatch watches, by jml and brauner, recpectively.

But in this category my nod goes to FabR's Patek—an almost outrageous choice that totally works. 

One of you called it "flamboyant." A perfect characterization.

Damned Good: Our newcomer notdl impressed me with these two entries (even if one of them may be technically be called "brown").

That gleaming magenta against the stressed leather… Whew! And while the bronzo is nothing out of the ordinary, still, it shows good taste. Well done (and welcome)!

Almost, but not quite: Here, our dear Abel nearly "hits it out of the park," as we say in the States. 

But the wind was blowing in, and that held his marvelous Panerai to a triple! Nevertheless… Ladies and Gentlemen: that's an eye for color. 

Which bring us to 

THE WINNER: Watchonthewrist.

I find this image of the U40 Racing tourbillon absolutely haunting. 

And while some may argue that white is the absence of color. Well... Let me put it this way. I once had a friend whose philosophy professor, getting worked up about something one afternoon and finding no perfect way to characterize his thought, let loose with, "When you see the truth, all you can do is shut up and point!" 

So there we have it. The most perfect pairing, in my opinion. I could never wear it while driving.  I'd run over someone for sure, not being able to take my eyes off of that glorious combi for more than a few moments. The woman across the table would feel slighted. My children would run amuck. You get the picture.

To all who participated in this endeavor, my thanks. To the mod's kind invite to judge, I tip my humble hat. I only hope that I have not disappointed in this long answer to a simple question. And though the majority of you may be used to time zone difficulties sometimes leading to such delays, again an apology for this tardy posting.

Have a marvelous week ahead, all!  Warm regards,  Fred Halgedahl

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Judges and verdicts for the WS ‘United Colours’...

 By: KMII : June 30th, 2019-07:49
Thank you for demonstrating your strap creativity this week! There’s still a bit of time for last minute entries - till 17.00 GMT in fact. The judges this week are: - Halgedahl for Wristshot, - Karlstumke for Static, and - Captain Scarlet for WotW. Judges...  

Static Picture - Winner: Aminico

 By: Patekphilippecollector : June 30th, 2019-09:46
I hade a few favourites this week but embracing the concept of "colour" I found this strap combination to be the most vibrant and as a "static shot" thought the composition was very interesting with lots of new things to do in the picture. I was as enthra...  

Well deserved win for Nicolas !...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 30th, 2019-10:03
Congratulations my friend on this wining photo 🥂

My pleasure...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 30th, 2019-10:06
Looking forward to seeing this watch one day.

Thanks, Ron. [nt]

 By: amanico : June 30th, 2019-10:47

I totally agree.

 By: Brandon Skinner : June 30th, 2019-11:31
The watch itself is outstanding but the mise en scene just made it 10x better!

Too kind! [nt]

 By: amanico : June 30th, 2019-11:35

Excellent verdict!

 By: KMII : July 1st, 2019-22:02
And well argued, too 👍🏻 Congratulations Nico 😊

Watch Of The Week ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 30th, 2019-10:28
This title is consistently difficult to judge as the entries are of such a high standard. To start with I would like to congratulate everyone that posted watches. Honorable mentions this week go to halkcb - Henry for the superb Bulover.... But then I can’...  

Congratulations Nicolas...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 30th, 2019-11:06
This is a watch for the true connoisseur and I know that it’s in safe hands. Enjoy !

Correct. [nt]

 By: amanico : June 30th, 2019-11:34

Nico mopping up this week! [nt]

 By: Brandon Skinner : June 30th, 2019-11:31

We'll see. ;) [nt]

 By: amanico : June 30th, 2019-12:00

Shall we take bets ? :-) [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 30th, 2019-12:06

Thanks Captain for the mention,

 By: halkcb : June 30th, 2019-19:23
and congrats to Abel for his PP,but especially Nico for his superb Longines!

Merci, Henry. [nt]

 By: amanico : June 30th, 2019-21:59

I love your watch ..,

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 1st, 2019-06:16
It’s just very cool 😎

Merci, Cpt. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 1st, 2019-07:37

Abrazo amigo Nicolas! [nt]

 By: Subexplorer : July 3rd, 2019-05:34

Thank you Abel...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 2nd, 2019-02:28
I love your Aquanaut on that strap, I feel the need for one in my collection. LOL !

Great verdict...

 By: KMII : July 1st, 2019-22:03
And two out of the first two for Nico 😊 Congratulations to all three winners and thanks for the verdict 👍🏻

Thanks KMII...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 2nd, 2019-02:27
Thanks for all you effort hosting this WristScan this weekend.

Oh, dear me...

 By: halgedahl : June 30th, 2019-11:28
My debut as a judge and I'm faced with a (nearly) impossible task! For those of you on the + side of UTC I apologize for the lateness of my final judgement, but I've a full afternoon (here in the Midwest, UTC -6) and won't be able to give my final verdict... 

All right, Purists… Here are my (FH) thoughts.

 By: halgedahl : June 30th, 2019-16:42
First and foremost—call it cliche if you must—how lucky we all are to participate in such a supportive community! From our uber-experienced moderators to the least (myself, certainly) of us... fellows (male as well as female) in this fascinating forum. Th...  

You were right, that was not an easy task to decide!

 By: Brandon Skinner : June 30th, 2019-20:27
CONGRATS to the winners!

Yes! And what I failed to make clear in my post was the fact that this choice of dial/strap combination was obviously no accident!

 By: halgedahl : July 1st, 2019-06:35
There are many configurations of this watch on the market. It was your choice that deserved the award. So kudos, again. And yes, I'd be pleased as punch to find that Angelus in my Christmas stocking! FH

Wow huge thanks dear Halgedahl 🙏🏻 and offcourse our friend KMII for hosting this weeks WS

 By: Watchonthewrist : July 1st, 2019-00:24
I really didnt expect this win 🤗 . Also big congrats to all other winners 👏🏼👏🏼. Allready looking forward to our next WS . Wish you all a great week ahead

Thank you Fred....

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 1st, 2019-01:54
Congratulations Watchonthewrist, the U40 on a white strap looks a perfect combination for the summer.

Wow Fred! You made a wonderful job in the hard task of judging this week end! Excelllent Veredict! Congrats to Warchonthewrist for his winning shot this week end and to all...

 By: Subexplorer : July 1st, 2019-08:24
... special mentions as well. Thanks a lot for including my shot among the mentions! Have a nice week ahead friends, and thank you for your paticipation and the enjoyiment you bring. All the best, Abel.

You have absolutely nothing to apologize for!

 By: KMII : July 1st, 2019-22:07
We all live in different time zones and as you correctly say it’s not a race 😊 And a fantastic verdict you delivered indeed - kudos! Congratulations to all the category winners and of course to Watchonthewrist for the overall win 👌🏻👍🏻

Thanks for the mention!

 By: notdnl : July 7th, 2019-10:40
It was an honor to participate and congrats to the winners, well deserved!! 😀