AS WITH MANY OF OUR CELEBRATORY HOLIDAYS, Valentine’s Day is steeped in centuries-old lore, albeit one that began with a single person of true flesh and bone. A little digging found that Saint Valentine (sometime in the 1st or 2nd centuries) was a Roman priest that a pope of that era described as one “… whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose acts are known only to God.”

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Little is actually known about Valentine’s life, outside of his burial on February 14th, which indicates a day of great feasting, as it has for nearly 2,000 years.

And while a fine meal comes and goes (we concede that the rare culinary experience can approach “religious” enlightenment), a classic timepiece transcends gifts of sweet or a scented bouquet.

The gift of time proved great for Saint Valentine: With any luck, bestowing one of these ultra-masculine or feminine pieces of functional jewelry upon your loved one will have equal results.