FFF Watchband (Custom Cordovan)

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A Form•Function•Form original (like all our creations), this minimalist design is precision laser cut and custom fit for your own watch and wrist from premium Horween Shell Cordovan–it looks as good on a Timex as it does on a Rolex. Wear the low-profile button stud on the inside of your wrist for sleek looks and comfort, as there are no clasps, buckles, or bulky folds of leather between your wrist and your desk.



For a band that maintains the same clean aesthetic in a more universal fit by adding hidden adjustment holes for the button stud, see our Button-Stud Watchbands in the same premium Shell Cordovan or Chromexcel/Veg Tan options, as well as our select watch & band pairings for a ready-made combination.

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  • Custom Band Measurement*

    Follow the 'custom watchband sizing graphic' instructions.

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    Measurement verification*

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  • All studs use hypoallergenic brass backs to avoid skin irritation. 

    Our black studs are made for us in the same factory that coats lug nuts for Cadillac. The incredibly durable DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) coated stainless steel  isn't coming off, unlike a slightly less durable PVD or vastly less durable black oxide coating.

    We suggest a button stud that matches your watch case.

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  • The "lug width" of your watch is what determines the watch band size. It's the space between the protruding arms (lugs) of your watch where the watchband would slip through. You can google your watch model number and "lug width" to find out your lug/band width, or measure the gap the band would slip through in millimeters.

    If you need a band in a width that is different than the range shown here (unlikely, but possible...there are tons of different watches out there), select any size here to fulfill the 'requirements' of the page, and then make a note in the 'special instructions' section below of the width you need.

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  • Make it yours with a laser engraved:

    Add a laser engraved monogram, custom typed or handwritten (even your kids handwriting) message, corporate logo...if you've got it we can probably laser engrave it. Contact us with questions about anything not shown here, or questions about engravability.

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    Monogram Font*

    Select the font you prefer for your laser engraved monogram

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    Monogram Style*

    Select the monogram style you prefer. Example shown of Agnes Bell Collier (because ABC initials make things easy for an example).

    If you have a unique name (such as 4 letters to engrave, or a hyphenated name you'd like stylized in some way, make a note in the special instructions box below and we'll contact you to ensure we monogram your product how you'd prefer. We can make it work, just let us know.

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      Traditionally Female Style (First Last Middle, with Last larger)
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      Traditionally Male Style (all letters same height, First Middle Last order)
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      First & Last initials
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      First Initial Only
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      Last Initial Only

    Monogram Style*

    Select the monogram style you prefer. Example shown of Agnes Bell Collier (because ABC initials make things easy for an example).

    If you have a unique name (such as 4 letters to engrave, or a hyphenated name you'd like stylized in some way, make a note in the special instructions box below and we'll contact you to ensure we monogram your product how you'd prefer. We can make it work, just let us know.

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      Traditionally Female Style (First Last Middle, with Last larger)
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      Traditionally Male Style (all letters same height, First Middle Last order)
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      First & Last initials
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      First Initial Only
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      Last Initial Only

    Select the monogram style you prefer. Example shown of Agnes Bell Collier (because ABC initials make things easy for an example).

    If you have a unique name (such as 4 letters to engrave, or a hyphenated name you'd like stylized in some way, make a note in the special instructions box below and we'll contact you to ensure we monogram your product how you'd prefer. We can make it work, just let us know.

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      Traditionally Female Style (First Last Middle, with Last larger)
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      Traditionally Male Style (all letters same height, First Middle Last order)
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      First & Last initials
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      First Initial Only
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      Last Initial Only

    Monogram Name*

    Please enter the full name for the monogram (NOT just initials). We will use the style selected above to 'arrange' the initials into your desired layout.

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    Monogram Location/Size Notes

    For monograms, we keep them on the smaller side, but visible. We size them based on the size of the product to maintain a proportional and classy look: near the closure on a watchband, on the bottom right front cover of notebooks, centered on the front of purses or clutches, etc.. If you prefer a different location, give us an idea here and we'll contact you to make sure we engrave where you'd like.

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    Engraved Pattern*

    Laser engraved print on the leather color of your choice

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    Typed or Handwritten*

    Typed: you type in a message here on the site, style it as you wish, and we engrave it.
    Handwritten: you/your kids/your highly advanced dog writes a message on a piece of paper, you take a photo of it, we engrave it.

    We like to 'somewhat hide' personal messages, so that they're not prominently displayed while the product is 'just sitting out,' but is visible to the owner/user when they want to see it.  For example, that usually means inside the wallet when possible, or inside the front cover of a notebook/FFFolio, or even on the back side of a mouse pad/desk pad.  Of course, we can engrave wherever you'd like, just let us know.

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    Message Font*

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    Message Style*

    Select the upper/lowercase style you prefer. We will capitalize any letters you capitalize in the field below.

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      Upper and lower case letters
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      All upper case letters with larger capitals

    Message Style*

    Select the upper/lowercase style you prefer. We will capitalize any letters you capitalize in the field below.

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      Upper and lower case letters
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      All upper case letters with larger capitals

    Message Style*

    Select the upper/lowercase style you prefer. We will capitalize any letters you capitalize in the field below.

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      Upper and lower case letters

    Message Text*

    Enter the text you would like engraved (see 'engraved message location' above for our standard engraving location on this item).  Let us know in the special instructions box below if you'd like it somewhere else and we will contact you to verify prior to making your product.

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    Handwritten Message Upload*

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    For best results, write clearly with a black pen (or fine-tip sharpie) on an unlined piece of white paper. Take a photograph of it with your phone from overhead with minimal shadows in good light. We'll contact you if we have issues with the photograph, but it's usually a pretty straightforward process.  If you mess something up you can just scribble it out and write the word again; we'll make sure we have the text looking correct before we make your product.

    Message Location/Size Notes

    For engraved messages, we tend to place them more subtly on a product: The inside cover of a notebook, inside of a wallet, inside of a watchband/hidden when worn, etc., because they tend to be more 'personal' messages that usually want to be more discreet. If you prefer a different location, give us an idea here and we'll contact you to make sure we engrave where you'd like.

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    Logo/Graphic/Artwork Upload*

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    Black & white or three-color grayscale logos work best in the best resolution you have available (vector graphics--ai/eps/etc.--are even better). Feel free to contact us with questions on “engraveability” of your logo. Pricing assumes no photoshop/illustrator work necessary for logo to engrave well.

    Please don't ask us to engrave anything you don't have the rights to (team logos, etc.)

    Graphic location/size notes

    For corporate logos or graphics, we tend to engrave them more prominently on a product: Front of a notebook, outer cover of a wallet, etc. We'll contact you to finalize location after your order, but If you'd like to give us an idea where you'd like it that's great.

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  • Anything you'd like to tell the maker as they're making your product?

    Maybe we asked you to include a special note in your order...or maybe you just wanna say you really like turtles. You do you.

    We can't guarantee that we can accommodate special requests, but we do our best.

  • Typically, we include a short 'thank you' note to the purchaser on the inside of the shipping box, because, well...thanks!

    But if you're getting this for someone else, it might be weird for them to see a note to you, so we'll gladly write a message to them from you instead. But maybe it'd be weird if it's not in your handwriting? Nah, probably not, should be cool. Worth the risk, isn't it?

    Anyway, you type it here and we'll write it for you--just don't be racist/homophobic/etc.; that won't make it on the box.

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Original Release: April 2012 (launch day product)

A note on leather stretch & measuring sizes (or How I learned to stop worrying and love the leather):

Leather stretches–but not on its own, like an old rubber band. We have attempted to size our products to take the stretch into account, and still result in a product that fits appropriately: Additionally, if a particular leather/weight will stretch too much for a particular product, we don’t use it–so you don’t need to worry about picking or not picking a product/leather based on which leather type it’s made out of; get what you like, don’t worry about stretch, and if your particular piece stretches abnormally, contact us for a replacement. We do our best to ensure that products perform similarly when they leave the studio, but as leather is a variable/non-engineered product, occasionally a piece just breaks in differently than normal, and we’ll fix the issue for you. Different types of our leathers may stretch more (and differently) than others, depending on their own qualities (type of animal, location on hide, etc.), and the method in which they were finished at the tannery. Here are our thoughts and observations on leathers that we work with regularly: 

  • Chromexcel (Natural, Ink, Black, etc.) tanned leathers tend to stretch more than others: an average sized bracelet can easily be stretched almost 1/2 of an inch with limited force, and an adjustable watchband will usually stretch one extra hole’s length (1/4″) after a week or two of wear. Chromexcel often takes on a slightly lighter color when stretched.
  • Veg Tan leathers ‘give’ slightly less than Chromexcel, but sill stretch–especially when wet. Stretched Veg Tan typically retains the same color as unstretched.
  • Latigo leathers stretch very, very little, due to their tight grain and tanning processes.
  • Shell Cordovan leathers exhibit minimal stretch compared to the veg tan and chromexcel, due to the unique structure of the leather. They will, however, move slightly with time and pressure–an average bracelet-sized strip of Cordovan can gain just under 1/4″ in length with limited, intentional force; this is why our Original Custom Button-Stud Watchband is tight at first, and stretches to fit perfectly after one or two wearings.
  • Russet leathers stretch very little, if at all, though are initially more stiff than the other leathers.  With time and wear, they will soften up, but not as much as the other leathers.
  • Ultra-Thin HF (Horsefront) leathers are very thin, but due to the characteristics of horsehide, exhibit minimal stretch. They are excellent for when the absolute lightest weight leather is needed, but a very light weight regular chromexcel or veg tan (cow hide) leather would lose its shape.

With that said, if you are not happy with the size shipped to you, please refer to our Return Policies page for return shipping, replacement, or refund instructions.

Installing (and wearing) your new Button-Stud Watchband correctly:

Our installation ‘best-practices’ to avoid scuffs (and get all the benefits of the design). Your first inclination, with a shiny new watchband, is to take it out of the box and slide it through your watch face, just as you always do with a NATO band: Tag end first. However, pulling the band all the way through the springbars, or removing your band by pulling on the stud end can result in a scuff from a sharp-edged watch case. Stay (so) fresh and (so) clean (clean):

  • Do not ‘center’ the watch face on the watch band, as you would with a normal-style/every-other-watchband-out-there. You’ll see all the adjustment holes (rather than having them hidden behind the watch face, thereby presenting a nice, smooth, minimal leather band), and the button will rest on the pulse point of your wrist and get in the way while working (as well as being more likely to get snagged on something). Once you wear the button-stud watchband, you’ll realize how uncomfortable it is to have watch clasps in your way while working…and you’ll be so glad you took the time to read this. Hey–we’re here to make your life better…or something like that.
  • Always keep the watch face close to the button stud–if you can see more than one adjustment hole while wearing the watch, you aren’t getting the benefits of our original design. You can check out all of the photos of the watches on the site, if this verbal description doesn’t make sense.
  • Avoid pulling the strap all the way through the springbars–only the pointed end of the strap and the adjustment holes themselves should ever pass through the springbar gap in your watch face. Pulling the entire band through can leave a big, probably-permanent scuff/scratch right down the middle of your band due to a sharp edge on your watch case.
  • To install and remove the band, first remove the button stud–as above. If you’re able to install/remove the band with the button-stud still installed, re-read the above point–you won’t put your eye out, but you’ll end up with a scuffed up band from a sharp watch case edge (i.e., yer’ doin’ it wrong).
  • When installed and worn correctly, any scuffs on the leather as a result of installation will be hidden, the adjustment holes will be hidden, and the button-stud will stay out of your way while working at a desk. Hey…we don’t call it ‘form•function•form’ because it rolls so easily off the tongue–this is a sleek and very functional design (and we want to make sure you get the most out of it).
  • In short–hide your holes, and avoid band torture by following the above tips.

Be sure to ‘Mind the Gap’:

On some watches, the springbar is very close to the case itself, leaving a tight space to slide a NATO-style band through. If it is relatively easy to swap grosgrain bands on your watch, this is likely not your situation. However, if you find that your case/springbar dimension is particularly tight, and getting your new band through is proving difficult, Form•Function•Form recommends obtaining a springbar tool in order to easily remove the bar and install your new watchband. The Swiss company Bergeon makes a quality option in their ‘6767’ model, though most any one you can find on Amazon will most likely do the trick. It will take at most 15 seconds to figure out how to use the tool to remove the springbars; just make sure the ‘spring’ doesn’t shoot the tiny part across the room–that will take hours to undo.

Installing the band ‘point-first’, as above, rather than ’rounded-end first’ will make the whole process go much more smoothly, especially in a tight springbar gap; we intentionally pointed the end of the band to make installation easier–slipping the small point through the springbar enables a good grip to pull the rest through.

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Hey Corey; yeah, the stamp on the back is sort of a horween cordovan 'thing.' If you're unhappy with how the band looks we'll absolutely cut and send you a new one, just send an email over and let us know. Apologies that the two are competing.
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