Interesting thought. For my own experience I find the french cuff tend to keep the gauntlet closer then a barrell cuff (both without and/or unbottoned). Incidently, most of the English and Italian shirt I have seen, have no gauntlet button for FC and button for BC. I tend to wear 50/50 FC and Convertible single/barrell cuff. I work in a pretty conservative environment and no one notice me wearing single cuff with cufflinks, whilst I have received other remarks on other dressing aspects as more "Italian". I like to have the options to wear the same shirt with cufflinks or without. For example, if I am planning to visit the gym over lunch break, as I will have to undress and re-dress again, I prefer leaving the cufflink at hime and convert the cuff to barrell passing the hiden button through the two buttonholes.. great Incidently my only true barrell cuff was my Albini Chambray as I could not see myself wearing it with cufflink.