To be fair, the service from FPJ is generally exemplary and I haven't had a single problem with any of their watches. My boutique has even gone out of its way to save me several thousand dollars at times (so I completely disagree that the boutiques are money-hungry). It's just this one prickly thorn
Three strap per color minimum is just stupid. I wonder if the boutique in Geneva uses Multicuirs for their customs and if it is a Multicuirs requirement. It seems silly for a boutique as a middle man to impose such a requirement, since they can simply charge more to assure a certain margin. I haven'
The strap needs to be restitched to replace the spring bar, so it would require a strapmaker in any case. You are correct that in some (or perhaps even all) cases, it may not be possible to restitch since there is likely glue involved.
First off, note there is a separate FPJ board on this forum. Second, unfortunately, FPJ boutiques may have the same response worldwide as your AD. In the USA, the FPJ boutiques will not supply the OEM spring bars directly to end consumers; even in the case of custom strap orders, the orders have to